The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday said two senior leaders of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference were arrested under Public Safety Act (PSA) as they were instigating youths to indulge in stone-throwing and disturb peace in the valley.
PSA was invoked against Shabir Ahmad Shah and Nayeem Ahmad Khan because their activities were highly prejudicial to maintenance of security of the state, says a dossier issued by District Magistrate, Srinagar.
Shah, President of Democratic Freedom Party and Khan, who heads National Front, were among over 100 youths arrested by police in a major crackdown across the valley in the first week of the month following violent protests against the killing of 13-year-old Wamik Farooq in teargas shelling at Rajouri Kadal in interior city on January 31.
The PSA was invoked against Shah and Khan on Friday.
It said Shah and Khan have been advocating the cause of secessionism recently by launching campaigns aimed at propagating their ideology and inciting the youth to create law and order problem.
"The most common tool used by the secessionists to disrupt peace has been to instigate youth to resort to stone hurling. Investigations have revealed that the secessionists including you (Shah and Khan) have been working behind the scene to organise the stone-throwing incidents," the dossier said.