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Separatists Call For Shut Down In Kashmir Valley, JKLF Chief Yasin Malik Arrested

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| June 21 , 2018 , 13:30 IST

Separatists in the Kashmir Valley called for a protest on Thursday. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Yasin Malik was arrested on Thursday morning to foil the protest march in the valley.

Separatists in the Kashmir valley had called for a protest against the killing of Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari and various other civilian deaths that occurred in the valley post-Eid.

Normal life was heavily affected in the valley due to the shutdown. Shops, public transport, other businesses and educational institutions remained shut at most places while attendance in the banks, post offices and government departments was thin due to the non-availability of public transport.

Rail services in the valley were also put on hold as a precautionary measure in lieu of the protest.

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According to media reports, a police party had arrested JKLF Chief Yasin Malik from his Maisuma residence in the early hours of Thursday morning after Fajr prayers.

Editor of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, Shujaat Bukhari, was killed earlier this month along with his two personal security guards in the Press Enclave area of Srinagar.

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A spokesman for the JKLF separatist group in a media briefing had said Malik was to lead a protest march in the civil lines on Thursday when Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and Malik had called for a protest shutdown against the civilian killings and assassination of Bukhari.