SRINAGAR: Indian police on Wednesday arrested senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani after he allegedly defied restrictions and marched towards martyrs graveyard in Srinagar.

Geelani, who was under house arrest was detained by police officers outside his residence after he attempted to march towards the Martyrs graveyard to commemorate the 85th anniversary of those who lost their lives fighting the aristocratic rule in the state in 1931, Times of India reported.

According to media reports, a few other Hurriyat leaders were also arrested with Geelani.

On Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a high-level emergency meeting to discuss escalating tensions in Indian-held Kashmir amid anti-India protests that have left at least 28 people dead.

The protests followed the killing on Friday of Burhan Wani, a 22-year-old commander of Kashmir’s largest rebel group Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), during a gun battle with government forces.

Hizbul Mujahideen is one of several groups that have for decades been fighting around half a million Indian troops deployed in the region, calling for independence.

Around 300 people have been injured, including nearly 100 police, and hospitals say they are overwhelmed. Most victims suffered gunshot wounds or teargas inhalation.

According to the police, death toll from street violence had reached 28, after three young men died overnight. Scores of civilians and troops have been injured in the clashes.

The fresh wave of violence has sparked a diplomatic spat between Pakistan and India.

Pakistan summoned on Monday India’s high commissioner to lodge a formal protest over human rights violations in the disputed region following the killing of Burhan Wani, the 22-year-old commander of Hizbul Mujahideen militant group. But New Delhi was quick to dismiss Islamabad’s protest as ‘interference in its internal affairs’.

Indian-administered Kashmir continues to seethe since the killing in a police encounter of Wani, who was a known poster boy for the Kashmir separatist movement. Violence in the disputed territory has since claimed almost 30 lives. Pakistan strongly condemned Wani’s extrajudicial killing and has sought investigations into his and other civilians’ deaths in the disputed valley.

In a knee-jerk reaction, India warned Pakistan late Monday not to meddle in its ‘internal matters’.

In March, Geelani suffered a “minor heart attack” and was admitted to a hospital in New Delhi.

“It was a minor heart attack. Thank God, he is stable now,” spokesperson Ayaz Akbar told IANS.

Akbar said Geelani, 86, was admitted to the Max Hospital in Saket, Delhi where he was “recuperating fast”.