The authorities on Monday swooped on separatists in Kashmir valley to stop any snowballing of situation arising out of communal clashes in Jammu region since Friday.
The police disallowed hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani's to make an address through a scheduled press conference at his Srinagar residence. A huge deployment of police in Hyderpora area did not allow mediapersons to enter his house.
Separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik, who was scheduled to carry out a peace march in Srinagar's Lal Chowk area, was also arrested by the police. "The police raided Malik's Maisuma residence this morning and took him along," said JKLF.
All separatists, including moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, have been placed under house arrest.
"It is the BJP and the village defence committees which are behind violence for political mileage," said Zaffar Akbar Bhat, a close aide of moderate Hurriyat chairman.
Meanwhile, there were reports of spontaneous shutdowns from south Kashmir's Pulwama district and north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Monday. Shops and business establishments remained closed in these districts. However, there was no report of violence from any part of the Valley.
Kashmir observed two-day shutdown at the call of separatists against the Jammu violence.
Three people have died in communal clashes in Jammu region triggered by the Kishtwar incident where two communities exchange rocks before Eid prayers on Friday.