Separatist leader Asiya Andrabi was detained in Srinagar late on Wednesday night. A heavy contingent of police, along with the SHO, stopped Andrabi from her house in Soura at 11:30 pm on Wednesday. Earlier, Broadband Internet services have resumed after two days in the restive Kashmir Valley although the region remained shut as the response to a separatist strike over the killing of eight people in this weekend’s Srinagar by poll violence.
Andrabi is the founder of a separatist organization Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) and a member of the All Parties Hurriyat Convention. The DeM is known issuing diktats in Kashmir on things Andrabi and Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed recognize un-Islamic.
Andrabi is wedded to Ashiq Hussain Faktoo, a Hizbul Mujahideen leader who is currently in jail. According to statements, a few captured militants have confessed that videos of her speeches are shown at terror training camps beyond the Line of Control.
In 2015, the Jammu and Kashmir Mounties had arrested Andrabi from her residence in Soura in connection with two cases registered against her for waving Pakistani flag and for greeting a rally by Hafiz Saeed via phone in Pakistan.
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The separatist leader’s imprisonment comes shortly before militants stormed into an army camp in Kashmir’s Kupwara district and killed three soldiers. An officer was amongst the three army men who died in the attack, apart from the two militants.
This the second primary attack on Indian forces in a week. Twenty-five CRPF staff were killed in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday. Earlier in the day, two terrorists were destroyed, while three soldiers failed their lives as an Army camp in Kupwara’s Panzgam in Jammu and Kashmir was under attack.
An officer was amongst the three Army men who were killed in the assault. The location of the beneath attack-camp is close to the Line of Control (LoC). This the second major attack on defense forces in a week, as last Monday as many as 25 CRPF personnel were killed in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma.