Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, the chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group, has been placed under house arrest here.

Heavy deployment of paramilitary forces, CRPF and police has been ensured in the areas that see waiving of Pakistan flags by youth groups on August 14 every year.

Top sources here said the Union Home Ministry had sent a letter to the state government stressing anti-national activities to be dealt firmly.

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