After arresting more than twenty separatist leaders and activists, authorities on Friday house arrested octogenarian Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani and his close associate Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai.
Sources told Kashmir Life that police contingents cordoned the residences of Geelani and Sehrai and informed them about their detention.
Authorities have already started massive crackdown against separatists apparently to prevent them from campaigning in favour of poll boycott. However, police sources said that arrests are being made to “maintain law and order”.
So far many front line separatist leaders and activists have been arrested who include JKLF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Hurriyat (JK) leaders Shabir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Muhammad Abdullah Tari and Shabir Ahmad Dar, Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar, Salvation Movement chairman Zafar Akbar Butt, separatists activists Mir Hafizullah, advocate Bashir Ahmed Butt, Ghulam Rasool Dar Edhi, Mir Siraj-ud-din Daood, Muhammad Rafiq War, Gulzar Ahmed Butt, Nazir Ahmed Rather, Muhammad Jammal Dar, Abdul Ahad Ganai, Feroz Ahmed Khan, Bashir Ahmed Wani, Hakeem Showkat, Asadullah Parry, Meraj Din Nanda, Muhammad Amin Ahangar, Muhammad Amin Parray, Ghulam-du-din, Ghulam Hassan Dar, Abdul Hameed Hajan, Bilal Ahmed, Saif-ud-din Mir and Habibullah Gojri.
Police also raided the houses of Javed Ahmed Mir, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Abdul Ahad Parra, Raja Meraj-ud-din, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Muhammad Shaban, Muhammad Yousuf Lone, Rayees Ahmed and Salman Yousuf.
Assembly elections are scheduled to start from November 25.