Srinagar: Hurriyat (M) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik were detained on Thursday by police. While Mirwaiz was put under house detention at his Nigeen residence early today, Malik was arrested from his office chambers at Abi Guzar in Lal Chowk in the evening.
Mirwaiz, who leads the congregational Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid in old Srinagar, has called for protests tomorrow against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
“Mirwaiz was told by police this morning that he cannot move out of his residence,” sources said.
The joint resistance leadership comprising Mirwaiz, Malik and Syed Ali Geelani had announced on Wednesday that they would go to New Delhi on Saturday to court arrest at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters.
Speaking to the media at the time of his house arrest, Malik said, “The J&K government is becoming the facilitator of NIA.”
“We had announced that Syed Ali Geelani , Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and I will present ourselves before NIA,” he said, “but why are we being arrested now?”
“There is a propaganda being run through media by India that youths, students, people and columnists coming out on roads against the oppression (of India) are being paid Rs 300 each by the resistance leadership,” he said. “And when we are presenting ourselves for investigations, why are we being arrested?”
“Even today, NIA raids are going on,” he said. “Sons, relatives, businessmen are being summoned and arrested. This is intimidation, but we will not succumb.”
Lambasting the Indian media, Malik said, “The Indian media has in reality raped the profession of journalism.”
Criticising the NIA, he said, “Kashmiris have seen the times of Ikhwanis and Task Force, but it was Allah’s magic that we survived.”
“It is terrorism being spread by the NIA and I was right when I compared the NIA with Gabbar Singh (of Sholay). And the fate of Gabbar Singh has been very bad,” he said, adding, “The fate of NIA will be no less than of Ikhwanis.”