Srinagar, Jan 17 (Agencies): A 12th class student was taken into custody here for allegedly espousing the separatist cause on a social networking site.

Irfan Ahmad Bhat was picked up for questioning by special investigation team of the Jammu and Kashmir police from Ganderpora locality of downtown Srinagar on weekend, official sources said on Monday.

Hailing from Nigeen locality, the youth was being questioned by the police's cyber cell for his alleged role in establishing an "anti-national" group on Facebook social networking site.

"Bhat has not been arrested. He is being interrogated for his role in establishing a group on Facebook by the name of 'Kalekharab'," a senior police officer said.

Kalekharab, which means 'hot headed', is one among the hundreds of pages which have sprouted on Facebook and vow support for independence of Kashmir.