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He 'waved' Pakistani flag in Kashmir and was arrested: Controversy over Masarat Alam explained

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Kashmir, April 17: 45-year-old Masarat Alam, the hardline separatist leader, has been arrested from his house in Habbakadal area in Srinagar on Friday, April 17.

Alam, who recently was released from jail, was put on house arrest on Thursday. However, a day after he was taken into police custody.

[Who is Masarat Alam and why his release from jail created uproar in Kashmir, India: Explained]

Masarat Alam

What is the fresh controversy over Masarat Alam?

  • He has been accused of waving Pakistani flag in Kashmir.
  • He also allegedly raised anti-India slogan during a rally in the valley.
  • An FIR has been filed against him in Badgam Police Station.
  • Similar allegations have been hurled against Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah and other separatist leaders.
  • The separatist leaders allegedly are involved in provocative activities and hoisting Pakistani flag in Hyderpora.
  • Alam, however, refused all allegations saying he did not wave Pakistani flag.

Protest over Masarat Alam's arrest:

  • Massive protests were held in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir over Alam's arrest.
  • Protesters showed black flags to the police.
  • Alam was scheduled to take part in a protest rally against one alleged fake encounter case.

Alam's plan to hold protest rally:

  • Hours before the scheduled protest rally, Alam was arrested. Alam and Geelani called for a march to Tral area of Pulwama district.
  • Two youth were killed in an anti-militancy operation on Monday.
  • Locals asserted that the duo were killed in fake encounter.
  • However, Army claimed that the duo were militants and they were killed in a gunbattle.
  • Police informed that separatists will not be allowed to hold any march to Tral town in order to maintain law and order in the area.

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