Protests against the Armed Froces Special Powers Act continue
President of People's Democratic Party (Kashmir's mainstream main opposition party) Mehbooba Mufti participated in a protest rally in Srinagar. Indian troops in Kashmir's main city sealed off resident
President of People's Democratic Party (Kashmir's mainstream main opposition party) Mehbooba Mufti participated in a protest rally in Srinagar on the June 2, 2009. Indian troops in Kashmir's main city sealed off residential areas on Tuesday as over a dozen people were injured in protests, according to police and witnesses, over the alleged rape and murder of two Muslim women by security forces. Thousands of police and soldiers in riot gear patrolled Srinagar's deserted streets after separatists extended a protest strike until June 3. The AFSPA on the placard stands for Armed Forces Special Powers Act.
Meanwhile, a number of pro-Indian politicians led by People's Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti were arrested on Tuesday after they took to Srinagar streets protesting the death of the two women.
Mufti along with other politicians was detained at a city police station in Srinagar, said police.
"She and her colleagues were taken into custody for violating prohibitory orders," a police officer said pleading anonymity.
Mufti and her fellow politicians are from region's main opposition pro-Indian party, which bagged 21 seats in the last year's regional elections in India-controlled Kashmir.
They were carrying placards having slogans written on them calling for revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the region. They were also seeking punishment to the killers of two women of Shopian, said police.