J-K government denies arresting Masarat Alam under pressure

  • Agencies, Katra/Srinagar/New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2015 15:06 IST

The Jammu and Kashmir government has denied arresting separatist leader Masarat Alam under pressure from the BJP.

Deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh of BJP said on Friday, "The state government will act tough against the separatists and not tolerate their 'provocative' actions in Jammu and Kashmir again."

Asked whether the Mufti government had succumbed under BJP's pressure, Singh said, "It is not a question of pressure. Actually the government has acted. The responsibilities is joint that of the state and the central governments."

He said right from the beginning "we had been saying that we are going to act, and we have acted. We would not allow such activity to reoccur in Jammu and Kashmir".

Masarat Alam was arrested on Friday ahead of a proposed rally in south Kashmir’s Tral in the latest face-off between pro-Pakistani groups and the government in the restive state.

The arrest came a day after Alam – and another separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani – was placed under house arrest after he courted controversy by allegedly raising anti-national slogans during a Srinagar procession where Pakistan flags were displayed.

On Thursday, police had filed a case under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against them.

People's Democratic Party, the other partner of PDP-BJP government in J-K, has said that Alam was arrested under procedure.

"Masarat Alam is not arrested under pressure, he has been arrested under procedure. There are charges filed against him in the Badgaon police station, " PDP spokesperson Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra said.

Raising a question on Alam's arrest, Congress leader Digvijiya Singh tweeted, "Want to know under what sections Alam and Geelani have been arrested."

Another Congress leader, Meem Afzal, said the BJP-PDP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir should ensure that law and order is maintained in the state.

"The J-K government should make sure that law and order is maintained. It is a good thing that Masarat Alam is arrested. Better late than never, but the damage has been done," said Meem Afzal.

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