Jammu and Kashmir Liberation front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik along with two other front leaders on Monday were shifted to Central Jail Srinagar from Kothi Bagh police station, front spokesperson said.
Earlier, Yasin Malik was detained by police in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk area while trying to take out a march against the Shopian killings.
Besides Yasin Malik, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri and Ghulam Mohammad Dar were also shifted to the jail, the spokesperson added.
The rally and the subsequent detention comes in the aftermath of killing of four civilians and two militants, who were killed in a firing incident in Shopian district on Sunday.
However, the Army has claimed that three civilians killed were ‘Over Ground Workers’ of the militants. An Army Spokesman claimed that militants, who were travelling in a vehicle in Pohan area of the district attacked a joint Mobile Vehicle Check Post, at 20:00 hours.
Another car was found near the site with a dead body inside. Later, a body of another militant was found in an apple orchard around 10 kilometers away from the site.
Opposition party National Conference demanded a probe into the Shopian killings where two militants and four militants were killed on Sunday late evening. On its official Twitter handle, NC wrote: “We are deeply shocked and grieved at the continued and unabated bloodshed in Kashmir.”
“The Shopian killings cannot be justified with an arbitrary, unproven pronouncement of the youth being OGWs. The circumstances and details should be probed and made public by the State Govt”.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that she was deeply distressed due to the civilian killings in Shopian.
The chief minister tweeted her condolences to the families of the people who were ‘caught in cross fire’.
Deeply distressed by more deaths of civilians caught in the crossfire in Shopian. My heartfelt condolences to the deceased’s families.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) March 5, 2018
In the aftermath of the blood bath in Shopian, a dead body of another civilian has been found, taking the death toll to five.