The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday said it was no surprise that separatist leaderMasarat Alam had been arrested, as the party was clear over not permitting any anti-India activity.
“It’s no surprise, the BJP’s stand was clear that no anti-India activity will be permitted. And this is not a place where the Pakistani flags or pro-Pakistan slogans are going to be accepted,” said BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli.
“So it was imminent and if the arrest has happened, it is as per the process that should take place,” he added.
Alam was taken into preventive custody a short while ago today by the Jammu and Kashmir police over a planned rally in Pulwama District’s Tral area.
Earlier, as a preventive measure to maintain law and order, Alam and another separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani had been put under house arrest.
The state government has also denied permission for today’s proposed congregation in Tral, with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed reportedly instructing the police to refuse permission for the rally.
The rally was scheduled to begin from Srinagar to Tral where a youth was killed allegedly by the army while he was in their custody.
Alam is the chairman of Muslim League, a constituent of hardline Hurriyat Conference led by Geelani and is widely seen as the latter’s heir apparent.
He had been convicted for organising anti-India protests resulting in the death of 112 people in stone pelting across the Valley in 2010.