Syed Ali Gillani arrested in Srinagar ahead of protest rally in Kashmir valley

SRINAGAR: Separatist leaders were supposedly arrested in Srinagar, ahead of Hurriyat Conference pioneer Syed Ali Shah Gillani's arranged rally corresponding with that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit on November 7. The moderate group of Hurriyat, drove by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, today extended its backing to Mr Gillani's rally. Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Mohammad Yasin Malik, Democratic Freedom Party Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah and few other separatist pioneers were confined before the end of last night and early today by police, their assistants asserted. "Malik and three other JKLF pioneers were arrested last night, and held up at police headquarters Kothibagh," said a JKLF representative. Be that as it may, senior police authorities did not respond to calls. A police representative declined to remark on the claimed confinements. Mr Gillani, who is under house arrest at his Hyderpora home, has announced a 'Million Men March' at Tourist Reception Center ground here on the day the Prime Minister is planned to address an open rally at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium. "The Hurriyat completely embraces and backs Gillani's proposed 'Million Men March' program that runs parallel to the Prime Minister of India November 7 program in Srinagar," a representative of Mirwaiz-drove Hurriyat Conference said.