Kashmiri separatist leader Muhammad Yasin Malik was reportedly taken into preventive custody by the Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday, ahead of a meeting that was supposed to be held at Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's residence.
Malik was taken from his residence and lodged at the Maisuma police station in Srinagar, while Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was placed under house arrest at his Nigeen residence on the outskirts of the city, news agency ANI reported.
According to reports, the meeting at Geelani's house had been called to discuss the raids conducted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the residences of separatist leaders on Sunday.
"During the searches, a few thousand Pakistani rupees and currencies belonging to the UAE and Saudi Arabia, as well as incriminating documents, were found and seized," Times Now quoted an NIA spokesperson as saying.
Meanwhile, according to the Times of India, Hurriyat co-chairmen Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, issued a joint statement against the NIA raids. "We warn Delhi of dire consequences if all these harassing measures are not stopped forthwith. If these unnecessary raids are not stopped, people will take to streets and resent these arbitrary measures with their full might and will," the statement said.
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