Separatist leader Yasin Malik arrested ahead of SC hearing on Article 35A

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief and Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik was arrested by police in a late night raid on Friday ahead of the hearing on Article 35A in Supreme Court, which is likely to take place on Monday.

Among its other provisions, Article 35A bars people from outside Jammu and Kashmir acquire any immovable property in the state.

As per reports, a police team led by senior officials reached Malik’s Maisuma residence at around 9.30 pm and whisked him away.

Last week, the Jammu and Kashmir administration decided to withdraw security covers of five separatist leaders. “No security cover will be provided under any pretext to these five leaders and other separatists,” officials said.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabir Shah, Hashim Qureshi, Bilal Lone and Abdul Ghani Bhat are the five separatist leaders whose security has been withdrawn. However, the name of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani does not feature in the list.

“Some elements in Jammu and Kashmir have links with the ISI (in Pakistan) and terrorist organisations. Their security should be reviewed,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said during his visit to the Valley after a dastardly terror attack by  Pakistani terrorists killed Indian security forces on February 14.

Banned Pakistani terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out a brutal attack that killed 40 CRPF jawans in Awantipora area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The attack took place around 3:30 pm after a suicide bomber, identified as local boy Adil Ahmad Dar, in a Mahindra Scorpio car loaded with 350 kilograms of explosives rammed into a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying over 2500 CRPF personnel on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway.