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JKLF chief Yasin Malik arrested to prevent election boycott campaign in Srinagar

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik was Tuesday arrested in Srinagar to prevent him from carrying out an election boycott campaign, said a party spokesman.

Reports said that a police party raided the Abi Guzar office of Malik and detained him.

A JKLF spokesman said that Malik along with other leaders was planning to start a sustained election boycott campign. “He (Malik) has been arrested for the election boycott call,” said the spokesman.

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Municipal elections are scheduled to hold from October 8 in four phases in Jammu and Kashmir.

The JRL has asked people to boycott the elections as they were “just farce and aimed at diluting the basic nature of Kashmir dispute”.

Earlier, on the last day of filing nominations for the second phase of urban local body (ULB) elections in JK, as many as 772 candidates filed their nominations in Kathua, Udhampur, Doda and Ramban districts,, election officials said on Friday.

Nominations were filed by 380 candidates in Kathua district on Thursday, followed by 198 in Udhampur district, 120 in Doda district and 74 in Ramban district.

The candidates have filed nominations for five municipal committees and one municipal council of the district, the officials said, adding 266 men and 114 women are in fray for the polls.

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