Anantnag: The detention of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik along with several of his aides triggered clashes between government forces and youth in Anantnag township Monday.
Malik reached Malakhnag locality of the town where from he led a procession as part of his election boycott campaign. The procession marched through several market places of the town amid pro-freedom and anti-election slogans.
Eyewitnesses said that as the procession reached near Rahat Dedi Masjid, a posse of CRPF and police deployed in strength in the area tried to stop Malik and his supporters from marching ahead.
Malik offered stiff resistance to the policemen for few minutes. However they overpowered him and bundled him into the police vehicle along with other JKLF leaders including Bashir Ahmad Bhat and Javed Ahmad Malik, eyewitnesses said. All of them were later taken to police station Saddar Anantnag.
The police action angered many local youth who were part of the procession. The youth clashed with police by throwing stones at them. Police and CRPF men burst few tear smoke shells to disperse the stone throwing youth.
The clashes continued for some time, according to eyewitnesses.
Meanwhile, the Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir( HCJK) condemned the detention of Malik and slammed the authorities for “curbing the peaceful poll boycott campaign of pro-freedom leaders.”