Srinagar, February 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities, today, put under detention Hurriyat leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in their houses and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza in a police station on the eve of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to the territory, tomorrow.

The move is aimed at preventing the leaders from leading anti-India demonstrations on Modi’s visit.

The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for complete shutdown in occupied Kashmir, tomorrow, to register protest against the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to the territory.

Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit occupied Kashmir, tomorrow, and lay the foundation stones of several projects.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a tweet, today, said that ahead of Narendra Modi’s visit, the authoritarian state had pressed panic buttons and tightened control as cordon and search operations were conducted even in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar. “Ahead of Narendra Modi visit, panic buttons pressed by the authoritarian state and control tightened as searches and CASO conducted even in Lal Chowk. Today morning I was put under house arrest,” he wrote.

The Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat forum in a statement in Srinagar strongly condemned the detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and described the action as frustration of the authorities. It deplored that the entire territory had been converted into a military garrison ahead of visit of the Indian prime minister.

Meanwhile, the authorities also placed former member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, under house arrest.

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