Ahead of the assembly polls police on Thursday arrested at least ten separatist leaders including Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah, Nayeem Khan and others and raided dozens of residences of separatist activists.
Police raided the house of Hurriyat (JK) leaders, Shabir Shah, Nayeem Khan and Mohammad Yousuf Naqash and arrested them during the night. Police also arrested Moulana Mohammad Abdullah Tari of Democratic freedom Party. Earlier police arrested Hurriyat (G) spokesman, Ayaz Akbar.
A police party raided the office of JKLF, at Abhi Guzar and arrested its Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik. Advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat and Ghulam Rasool Dar of JKLF were also arrested, a JKLF source said. He added that many activists from different districts have also been arrested.
Police also arrested Zaffar Akbar Bhat of Salvation Movement from his residence. Sources said that all the arrested separatists have been lodged in different police stations.
Sources said that police also arrested at least three Hurriyat (G) activists from Handwara. Another activist has been arrested in Kulgam district. Some Hurriyat (G) activists arrested during the nocturnal raids have been identified as Saif-ul-din Mir Kupwara, Habib-Ullah Kupwara, Mohammad Amin Ahangar Shopian and Mohammad Amin Parray of Shopian.
They added that police made nocturnal raids on dozens of residences to arrest the separatist activists however majority of them were not at their homes as the recent floods have damaged their houses and they are putting up with their relatives at different areas.