Police crackdown on separatists in J&K, JeI chief detained

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday launched a massive crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in the valley and nabbed some of its top leaders.

Chairman of JeI, Abdul Hamid Fayaz, is one among the detainees, police sources said.

The detentions and arrests come two days ahead of the  hearing of Article 35A in the apex court on Monday.

The provision included in the Indian Constitution in 1954 that grants special rights and privileges to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Police sources said those detained include: Advocate Zahid Ali (Spokesperson), Ghulam Qadir Lone (Former Secretary General), Abdur Rouf (Ameer, Zila Islamabad), Mudasir Ahmad (Ameer, Tehsil Pahalgam), Abdul Salam (Dialgam), Bakhtawar Ahmad (Dialgam), Mohammad Hayat (Tral), Bilal Ahmad (Chadoora) and Ghulam Mohammad Dar (Chak Sangran).

Earlier on Friday, the police had detained Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief and Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik in Srinagar ahead of the hearing on Article 35A in Supreme Court.

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