Srinagar, [Jammu and Kashmir], Aug. 25 : Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was detained today by the Srinagar police ahead of his 'Eidgah Chalo march', that was to be carried out the in old city on August 26.
He has been taken to Nigeen Police Station near Hazratbal here. Meanwhile, 48 days since the Valley erupted in never-before-seen protests, the situation in the interiors of south Kashmir remains tense.
The protests and shutdowns against Wani's killing show no signs of dissipation. Surprisingly, as seen in the unrest in previous years, this time, people have shown no signs of fatigue despite hardships due to strikes and loss of livelihood.
The protest calendar comes on a day when Union Home Minister Singh arrived on a two-day visit to the Valley for holding talks with different groups and political parties.
As a delegation of mainstream political parties was in a meeting with home minister, the separatist groups asked people to march towards the Badami Bagh cantonment in Srinagar on 27 August and ask the GoC to vacate the state.
Protests have been so intense that besides major towns of Kashmir, people in villages have come out on streets to register their anger.
The mood remains so much against India that the police and paramilitary forces have hardly been able to reach the rural areas, as they fear consequences due to brewing anger among people after Wani's death.
Unimpressed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh's Kashmir outreach, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference issued a fresh protest for a march to the sensitive Army headquarters on 27 August.
This is for the first time, since the unrest began in Valley that has close to 70 people dead and thousands injured, that a united Hurriyat Conference has asked people to March towards 15 Corps of the Indian Army at Badami Bagh in Srinagar.