Chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and several others were taken into preventive custody when they were trying to take out a protest rally on the occasion of Human Rights Day on Thursday, officials said in Srinagar.
After his arrest, Mirwaiz said his amalgam had planned to take out a procession from Hurriyat headquarters at Rajbagh to Municipal Park to invite the attention of the world human rights bodies to the unmarked graves found by a human rights body recently.
"We also wanted world bodies to use their good offices to stop human rights violations taking place in the state," he said.
These leaders were lodged at Kothibagh police station after they made several attempts to take out processions in and around Lal chowk, officials said.
Meanwhile, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) organised demonstrations at Pratap Park and reiterated its demand for justice.
"Today on the occasion of the international Human Rights Day, APDP demands setting up of a credible autonomous commission to investigate and come up with facts on disappearances and prosecution of security personnel involved," president of APDP Parveena Ahanger told reporters.
She said "India should implement all international conventions which guarantee human rights particularly the international convention on enforced involuntary disappearances to which India is a signatory."