Kashmiri separatists Syed Ali Shah Geelani.Reuters

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the 87-year-old separatist leader and chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), was arrested by the police at 12:40 p.m. outside his residence at New Airporat Road in Kashmir for defying house arrest while attempting to lead a march towards Anantnag. He was taken to Humhama police station.

The APHC, which is a conglomerate of separatist parties in Jammu and Kashmir, had earlier announced that on Monday (July 25), people in large numbers should move towards south Kashmir's Islamabad district and march in a rally to be held at Lal Chowk after the Zuhar (afternoon) prayers are concluded in order to express solidarity with the people there and pay tributes to the killed during the recent unrest in the Valley.

Following the arrest of Geelani, another separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was arrested from outside his residence by a contingent of police that prevented him from travelling to Anantnag (Islamabad). Mirwaiz has been lodged at Nageen Police station.

This is a developing story

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