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Separatist JKLF chief Yasin Malik arrested amid wider crackdown

05 Jun 2017 | Written by Abheet Sethi; Edited by Anupama Vijayakumar
Police crackdown on Kashmiri separatists

Police have arrested separatist leader and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Muhammad Yasin Malik in Srinagar.

Police have also been deployed outside the Hyderpora residence of hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Hurriyat co-chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been placed under house arrest.

The apparent crackdown on Kashmiri separatists comes just ahead of a meeting called by the Hurriyat Conference.

In context: Police crackdown on Kashmiri separatists

04 Jun 2017Crackdown on terrorist-financing: NIA raids 26 locations in three states

As a continuation of Indian security agencies' crackdown on terrorist financing, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided about 26 premises owned by separatist leaders and businessmen across three states.

The raids conduced in Haryana, J&K and Delhi aimed to uncover trails through which money was being channelled to fuel violence in the Kashmir valley.

The raids were condemned by separatist leaders.

05 Jun 2017Separatist JKLF chief Yasin Malik arrested amid wider crackdown

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Malik's arrest comes week after release from jail

On May 28, Malik was arrested after he met the families of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat and Faizan Ahmad. Both terrorists were recently killed by security forces in an operation in Saimoh village on May 27. Malik was later released.

DetailsCrackdown comes after separatists threats over NIA raids

The crackdown comes after the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) raided the residences of separatist leaders.

Malik was released from jail last week, following which, he warned of "dire consequences" and street protests in response to the raids.

The JKLF, Geelani and Farooq, had in a joint statement, condemned the raids as an attempt by the central government to discredit separatist leaders and their movement.