Ahead of meeting on the Sainik colony issue, Separatists Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were put under house arrest today.
Meanwhile, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) president Yasin Malik has also been detained.
According to sources, both groups of the Hurriyat Conference and the JKLF are launching a joint effort against the state government’s decision to set up separate colonies for Sainiks and Kashmiri Pandits in the valley.
Post the 2008 Amarnath land row, this is reportedly the first time in eight years the separatists are assembling at one platform.
Though the Jammu and Kashmir government has reiterated that that it has no plans to set-up a Sainik colony in the Valley, the controversy was raked up after reports that the government is planning to set up shelters for “floating population” and implement a new industrial policy that allows a non-state subject to get land on lease anywhere in Kashmir for 90 years.