Srinagar: JKLF chairman Yasin Malik, who describes himself as 'Gandhi' of the separatists, was arrested on Thursday for an act that is antithetical to the Gandhian values. Malik was arrested for allegedly ransacking a police station and manhandling the officials on duty.

Malik had come to the police station along with his supporters seeking release of his close aide arrested in connection with a criminal case.

Following Malik's arrest, his supporters took to the streets and clashed with police in Maisuma and adjoining area of the city. Police had to resort to teargas shelling and cane charge to quell the unrest.

Ishaq Hussain, a taxi driver by profession, had registered a complaint with the Maisuma police station that he was attacked by unidentified men and was robbed of his belongings. After investigations, the local police held Ashiq Hussain Dar alias Ashiq Kalla, who is close to Malik and also a well known ‘stone- pelter’.

Agitated by his arrest, Malik along with his supporters attacked the police station and allegedly manhandled police officials including the station house officer Jaspal Singh.

Raining slogans, Malik and his entourage then moved towards Budshah chowk, forcing shopkeepers to pull down their shutters. Malik and his two supporters were later arrested by the police.

Tension gripped areas near Lal Chowk, Maisuma and its adjoining areas for close to three hours after Malik was arrested.

JPN/Bureau