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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Pakistan flag row: Kashmiri Separatist leader Masarat Alam arrested

Srinagar(web team): Separatist leader Masarat Alam was on Friday arrested for waving Pakistani flags and raising pro-Pak slogans, ahead of their rally in Tral town of Pulwama district.

Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Masarat Alam were on Thursday put under house arrest.

Before his arrest, speaking to ANI, Alam said, “Let them (government) do whatever they want to. We will carry on with what we are doing. My message to them is that they should follow the Hurriyat program,” he added.

Coming under attack from all quarters including PDP ally BJP over Wednesday's rally by separatists in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed denied permission for today's congregation even as he said waving of Pakistani flags and raising pro-Pak slogans were "not acceptable" and "will not be tolerated".

Sayeed directed the police to refuse permission for a rally which was scheduled to be taken from Srinagar to Tral where a youth was killed allegedly by army while in their custody.

Geelani, against whom police has registered a case, issued a statement late in the evening saying that he would not be cowed down by the state government.

Sayeed was called hours after the rally in Srinagar on Wednesday by Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking him to take "immediate and stringent" action against the law breakers.

The Home Minister again asserted, "We will not tolerate anyone raising slogans like 'Pakistan zindabad' on Indian soil.

Pushed on the backfoot, Sayeed tried to defend his decision of giving permission to the rally but made it clear that hoisting of Pakistan flags and raising pro-Pakistan slogans "is not acceptable and will not be tolerated." "I think authorities have taken note of that. They have taken a video of what has happened. I think law will take its own course, action will be taken.

The state Government, in which BJP is an alliance partner, came in for flak over its decision to allow Geelani to hold the rally in Srinagar city which comes after a gap of five years.

During the rally, separatist Alam, released from jail last month, praised founder of Lashker-e-Taiba terror outfit Hafeez Sayeed and asked people to join hands with his outfit.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered an FIR against Geelani, Alam and another separatist leader from Hurriyat Conference under various sections of Ranbir Penal Code and Unlawful (Activities) Prevention Act.

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