In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have arrested several Hurriyat leaders and activists ahead of the so-called local bodies and panchayat elections to prevent them from conducting a ‘poll boycott’ campaign in the territory.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Indian police arrested the Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik from his office at Aabi Guzar in Srinagar on Tuesday to stop him from carrying out the election boycott drive.

A spokesman said that many party leaders and activists had also been put behind the bars during the past few days to prevent them from campaigning against the polls

Earlier, Indian police had arrested the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chief Spokesman Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, from his residence in Srinagar on September 27 and later booked him under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA). He is currently lodged at Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu. Other APHC leaders including Hakeem Abdul Rasheed, Muhammad Yasin Attai and Syed Imtiaz Haider have also been put under illegal detention.

The APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani is under continued house arrest at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar since 2010 while the authorities have also placed Hurriyat leader, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, under house detention in Islamabad town.

On the other hand, Indian police have also arrested scores of people during its crackdown in different areas of the Kashmir Valley. It is to mention here that the four-phase polls for the local bodies in occupied Kashmir would be held on October 8, 10, 13 and 16.