Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and a legislator, Engineer Rasheed, were arrested Saturday in Srinagar during protests for human rights.
The JKLF staged a candle-light protest in Maisuma area adjacent to city centre Lal Chowk.
As the protestors tried to march towards the nearby Badshah Chowk, police stopped the marchers and arrested Malik together with some of his supporters.
“Malik was taken into preventive custody along with five of his supporters. They have been now released,” a senior police officer said.
Another protest was led by Engineer Rasheed, who represents the north Kashmir’s Langate assembly constituency.
Along with his supporters, Rasheed staged a protest for preservation of human rights outside the headquarters of the United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in Sonawar area.
Police said the legislator was taken into preventive custody for trying to breach law and order in the city.
He was too released later, the police officer said.
Earlier Saturday, parents of disappeared persons staged a protest in the Press Enclave area.
The protests on the World Human Rights Day were organised by the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) to highlight their plight.
The APDP is an association of parents of those locals, including children, who were allegedly arrested by the security forces but whose arrests were later denied.
Since their disappearance after arrests, nothing is so far known about these persons who are now known as “disappeared persons” in the valley.