Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Mohammad Yasin Malik and his associates were on Monday arrested for in attempted murder and sent to judicial custody over a violent protest in Srinagar last week.

A police officer was critically injured in the protest that took place during a procession on Friday, 25 December. The 29-year-old officer was airlifted to Delhi and is undergoing treatment at AIIMS.

The protest march against the twin killings in the Rajouri area was reportedly taken out without prior permission from the district administration.

"During this unlawful procession, Malik incited and instigated his associates with an intention to create disturbances and to disturb the normal life," PTI quoted a police spokesperson as saying.

"The supporters started heavy pelting (of stones) on the policemen and the vehicles passing by, injuring many policemen including Fahad Tak, DySP, SDPO Kothibagh, Srinagar, who sustained serious injuries to his eye and a fracture in his nose," added the police spokesperson.

Talking about the police officer's condition, the official said: "Doctors at the hospital are not very optimistic about the regaining of vision of the affected eye despite surgeries having being performed."

The police officer was injured while engaging with JKLF members after Malik was taken into preventive custody on Friday.