Srinagar, Aug 27: Kashmir separatist Syed Ali Shah who had asked the army to vacate from Jammu and Kashmir has formally been arrested.
Geelani, who was under house arrest for the past two days, was arrested after he tried to defy the same and lead a march to the 15 corps of the Indian Army at Badami Bagh, Srinagar and ask them to vacate Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier Geelani had written an open letter to the GOC in-charge asking him to vacate Jammu and Kashmir. "People in Jammu and Kashmir and all over the world are urged to mail this letter to Army, Indian Armed Forces, Indian Navy, BSF, CRPF, ITBP and CISF," the letter stated.
On Friday, separatists, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq too had been arrested when he attempted to defy house arrest to be part of the March to be held on Saturday. The joint resistance group had in its calendar of events stated such a programme would be held on August 27.
In the letter Geelani writes that the more you strike us down, the more we shall rise with renewed determination and vigour. "We are in the process of liberating our minds and the days of freedom are in sight," he wrote.
As a precautionary measure the army had blocked all roads leading towards the Corps headquarters. The army on Friday had said that precautions will be taken as the administration is responsible for securing roads.