Srinagar Police Arrests Separatists and Ex-Terrorists Plotting Revival of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF
Srinagar: The Srinagar Police have apprehended a large number of separatists and former terrorists who had gathered at a hotel in Srinagar with the intention of reviving the Hurriyat Conference and the J&K Liberation Front (JKLF). This marks the first attempt to regroup these anti-India outfits since the arrest of top Hurriyat leaders in August 2019, which led to the disbandment of the separatist organization following the demise of Syed Alishah Geelani.
Acting on credible information, the police conducted a search at the hotel and subsequently confirmed that the detained individuals, including the sons of prominent Hurriyat leaders like Masroor Abbas Ansari and Jehangir Ahmad Bhat, were ex-terrorists affiliated with the JKLF and former members of the separatist movement. They were taken to Kothibagh Police Station for verification and an inquiry has been initiated, revealing their plans to revive the JKLF and Hurriyat.
It is worth noting that the JKLF was officially banned by the government in March 2019 under anti-terror legislation. Yasin Malik, the leader of the organization, is currently imprisoned in Tihar Jail, facing trial for his alleged involvement in the killing of four IAF officers in Srinagar. Additionally, Hurriyat leader Moulvi Umar Farooq has been under house arrest in Srinagar since 2019.
The formal arrests of the detained individuals are yet to be confirmed as the investigation continues. This development serves as a significant step by the Srinagar Police to thwart the efforts of these separatist and terrorist groups attempting to regain prominence in the region.