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    Chief of Kashmiri women's separatist group, Dukhtran-e-milat, or Daughters of the Nation, Asiya Andrabi, looks on during a press conference in Srinagar, India. (File)

    India Arrests Women Separatist Group Leader in Kashmir

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    Hardliner separatist Syeda Asiya Andrabi had been issuing radical statements while being underground.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Andrabi was arrested along with her associate Fehmeeda Sofi by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in the Krale Khud area of Srinagar. Dukhtaran-e-Millat is an all-woman hardliner separatist organization founded in 1985 as a reformist organization. Andrabi had been evading arrest since July 8 this year when the ongoing unrest started and she was organizing women protests in the valley. In August this year, Andrabi addressed a rally in Pakistan through telephone.

    “In its drive to curb the activities of the miscreants, police during the past 24 hours arrested 57 such individuals involved in various offenses of creating disturbances in different part of the valley,” reads a statement issued by Jammu and Kashmir Police.

    Police said that situation across the valley remained by and large peaceful on Tuesday. “However, two incidents of arson were reported from Srinagar and a stray incident of stone pelting was reported from Bandipora,” the statement said.

    Meanwhile, Indian authorities have restored mobile internet services in the Kashmir valley after two months of suspended service.


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