news Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 05:30
Protestors clashed with Border Security Forces in the Kashmir Valley on Friday following the arrest of separatist leader Masarat Alam who has been charged with sedition and waging war against the state. According to a report in the Hindustan Times, Alam was sentenced to seven days of judicial custody by a Budgam court for waving Pakistan flags and shouting pro-Pakistan slogans at a rally in Kashmir on Wednesday. Another separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani is also under house arrest following the same rally and the Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said though that the Centre would come down hard on those accused of sedition. The police filed a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention ) act  against the duo on Thursday. After Alam had been apprehended, inspector general of police Javed Geelani said that the arrest was for committing “unlawful activities”. “Videos of the rally have been reviewed by the police. Masarat has been seen shouting slogans in favour of Pakistan and terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed,” a security official in Srinagar told the newspaper on the condition of anonymity.   The iconic Jama Masjid in Srinagar turned into a battleground after moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq attempted to lead a demonstration over the alleged killing of a youth in an army operation in Tral on Monday. And after Mirwaiz reportedly accused J&K CM and PDP’s Mufti Sayeed of kneeling before the BJP, the protests turned violent and stone-pelting occurred. Many dozens of smoke shells were also reportedly fired by the police. The chairman of the Muslim league, Alam was earlier arrested for the death of 112 people in a stone-pelting incident close to five years ago. Read more at: Clashes erupt after Alam's arrest, separatist sent to 7-day custody