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Politicians Among Over 100 Arrested in Kashmir; Reports Say 1 Protester Dead, 6 Injured

The orders of their arrest were issued by the magistrates concerned in view of their activities to disturb peace and tranquillity in the Kashmir valley.

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Updated:August 8, 2019, 8:52 AM IST
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Politicians Among Over 100 Arrested in Kashmir; Reports Say 1 Protester Dead, 6 Injured
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Jammu: Amid a complete lockdown with a paralysing curfew imposed and all lines of communication snapped, security agencies have arrested over 100 people, including political leaders and activists, as they were considered a threat to peace and tranquillity in the Kashmir valley, officials said on Wednesday.

"Over 100 political leaders and activists have been arrested in the Valley so far," a senior official of the Jammu and Kashmir administration was quoted as saying. He, however, did not give the details of those arrested.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, who were under house arrest since Sunday night, were placed under arrest on Monday night as they were considered a threat to the law-and-order situation in the state. Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference leaders Sajjad Lone and Imran Ansari were also arrested.

The arrested leaders were lodged at Hari Niwas, metres away from their Gupkar residences, the officials said. The orders of their arrest were issued by the magistrates concerned in view of their activities to disturb peace and tranquillity in the Kashmir valley, they added.

Meanwhile, police said a protester died after being chased by cops during a curfew in Srinagar. They added that sporadic protests had been reported in Srinagar.

A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said in one incident a youth being chased by police "jumped into the Jhelum River and died”. A source told news agency AFP that at least six people have been admitted to hospital in Srinagar with gunshot wounds and other injuries from protests.

(With PTI inputs)

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