Following the arrest of controversial separatist leader Masarat Alam, violent protest erupted in Srinagar followed by a clash between the protestor who were pelting stones and tear gas being fired back by the police to cope the situation. Police personnel clashed with police after they were stopped from heading to Tral town in south Kashmir for a planned march against the arrest of Masarat.
According to reports, protesters with clothes wrapped on their faces were seen pelting stones at the police, who fired back teargas shells to break up mob, resulting in injuries to at least a dozen people, including two security personnel.
Masarat Alam has been arrested for carrying out anti-national activities. Supporters of the separatist leader had created an anti-India scene by waving Pakistani flag and raising pro-Pakistan slogan at a rally held in Srinagar to welcome Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
“Bhat has been arrested in the case registered in police station Budgam in connection with the provocative actions during a rally,” a senior police officer said. Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other separatist leaders, apart from Masarat Alam, have been book under various section of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and other penal provisions.
Reacting to the developing issue, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said there would be no compromise in matters of national security. “The state government will take whatever is required in the interest of the nation,” he said, adding, “Those indulging in anti-national activities will not be spared.”