A week after the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF were martyred, JKLF (Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front) chief Yasin Malik was detained by the forces on Friday night amid the indications of a wider crackdown on separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
Meanwhile, the police and paramilitary forces have been put on high alert in Jammu and Kashmir but there was no confirmation about any more detentions.
He was arrested from his Maisuma residence in Srinagar and has been taken to the Kothibagh Police Station.
The action comes eight days after an audacious terror attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives. The attack was perpetrated by Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber.
Earlier on Wednesday, Government of Jammu and Kashmir had downgraded and withdrawn the security of 18 Hurriyat leaders in the state. Among the leaders whose security was withdrawn was JKLF chief Yasin Malik among others including Saleem Geelani, Shahid ul Islam, Zaffar Akbar Bhat, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza.
“All security and any vehicles provided to them will stand withdrawn by today evening. No security forces or cover should be provided, under any pretext, to them or any other separatists,” the official statement by Jammu and Kashmir government in the matter read.
According to the spokesperson of Home Department, it was felt that providing security to these separatist leaders is a wastage of scarce state resources which could be better utilised elsewhere.
Meanwhile, in a significant development, the government of Pakistan's Punjab province on Friday took control of the headquarters of the Masood Azhar-led Jaish-e-Mohammed in Bhawalpur, as per a statement issued by the Imran Khan government's ministry of interior.
The Government of Pakistan's official handle on Twitter posted:
(With PTI inputs)