Srinagar, June 21: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik was on Thursday detained while moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest to prevent the separatists from leading protests against the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari and continuing killings of civilians in Kashmir.
Malik was taken into custody from his Maisuma residence this morning, a police official said.
. The official said Mirwaiz was placed under house arrest at his Nigeen residence.
Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani continued to remain under house detention.
Shops, public transport, other businesses and educational institutions remained shut at most places due to the shutdown called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a grouping of separatists headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
While attendance in banks, post offices and government offices was thin due to non-availability of public transport.
Shujaat was killed along with two of his security guards in Press Enclave in Srinagar on June 14.
Private transport and some three wheelers, however, moved in uptown areas of Srinagar.
Reports from other cities and towns in the Valley also indicate that the shutdown derailed normal life in the Valley.