Police crack down on separatists in India-controlled Kashmir

15:14, June 24, 2010      

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Police in India-controlled Kashmir have arrested more than a dozen separatist leaders from both moderate and hardline factions of Hurriyat Conference and slapped Public Safety Act (PSA) on hardline leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, officials Thursday said.

The arrests have been made by police to curtail the influence of separatists on people and to contain the worsening situation in the Muslim dominated areas of the region.

The past couple of weeks witnessed massive protests in Srinagar city following the killing of three youth in alleged police action. Authorities blame separatists for fueling these protests.

"Geelani has been booked under PSA for issuing provocative statements with anti-national feeling and instigating youth for disrupting public order," District Magistrate Srinagar, Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo told a local newspaper.

Authorities in the region have been booking separatists under PSA. The maximum period of detention under the PSA is two years. The person booked under the Act can be held without any trial.

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