Separatist Hurriyat leader Ashraf Sehrai and some members of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami have been detained and are likely to be booked under the stringent Public Safety Act, Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh said on Sunday.
Sehrai is chairperson of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. Besides him, about a dozen other members of the Jamaat-e-Islami have been taken into custody, Singh said.
The police action comes days after veteran separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani announced his complete disassociation from politics.
Sehrai had taken over from Geelani and was representing the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat at All Party Hurriyat Conference, a conglomerate of 26 separatist parties.
Sehrai’s son, Junaid Sehrai, a divisional commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed in a gunfight in the city’s Nawakadal area in May this year.