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Mar 10, 2013 at 04:43pm IST

J&K: Separatist leader Yasin Malik returns to Srinagar, put under house arrest

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik, who reached Srinagar on Sunday, has been put under house arrest. However, the house arrest is not related to the Hafiz Saeed controversy. Sources said the step was taken due to apprehension of breach of peace following Malik's return to the Valley.

Yasin Malik returned from Pakistan after over seven-week stay on Saturday. His trip to Pakistan was shrouded in controversy after he was seen sharing the dais with one of India's most wanted terrorist Hafiz Saeed in Islamabad. Malik has been under attack for meeting terror outfit Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafeez Saeed in Pakistan and his return to national capital yesterday saw protests by Shiv Sena activists at the airport.

The separatist leader from Jammu and Kashmir had shared the stage with the terrorist at a protest against Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging. No case has been made out against him so far - either under the Passport Act or the Indian Penal Code.

Kashmir has been rocked by protests since the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on February 9, which has resulted in the death of four persons and injuries to scores of others.

The separatists have threatened to continue the protests till their demand for return of mortal remains of Guru and JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat who was also hanged in Delhi's Tihar jail on February 11, 1984, is met.

With Additional Inputs From PTI