Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Protests over Yasin Malik’s sentencing: 10 arrested under UAPA in Kashmir

Photo: Srinagar Police

Ten persons have been arrested under the draconian Unlawful (Activities) Prevention Act on Thursday after they staged protests against NIA court’s sentencing of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik.

They were arrested for allegedly shouting “anti-national” slogans and hurling stones outside Malik’s home on Wednesday, the Srinagar Police said.

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court has sentenced the chief of now banned Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Yasin Malik to life imprisonment in a case related to the “funding for militant activities.”

In several areas of the Valley including main city Srinagar and Malik’s home town Maisuma, shopkeepers downed their shutters before the pronouncement of the sentencing against Malik.

Dozens of women protested at Malik’s home in Maisuma despite the heavy deployment of police and army personnel.

The police lobbed tear gas shells to counter the protestors who threw stones.

The police said that they are in the process of identifying more protestors and the “main instigators of the hooliganism” would be booked under the draconian Public Safety Act.

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