SRINAGAR - Indian police said Friday they have arrested a prominent Kashmiri activist who was this week prevented from travelling to Geneva, where he had been due to brief UN officials on the strife-torn region.

Khurram Pervez was arrested late Thursday after returning to his home in Srinagar, which has been roiled for months by violent protests over the killing of a young militant by Indian soldiers.

Police superintendent Faisal Qayoom confirmed his arrest but did not say what the charges were. "We are looking into it. For the moment we've taken him into custody," he said.

Pervez's wife Samina told AFP police had come to the family home late on Thursday to arrest him. He can be held for up to six months without charge under India's Public Safety Act.

According to KMS, hundreds of people were injured yesterday when Indian troops used brute force to prevent people from staging demonstrations and conducting marches towards local grand mosques against civilian killings in the Occupied Kashmir.

Call for holding of the demonstrations and marches was given by united resistance leadership comprising the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and M Yasin Malik. The Hurriyet leaders had appealed to the people to hold freedom congregations and pay homage to the martyrs and reaffirm the pledge to take the martyrs’ mission to its logical conclusion.

The puppet authorities continued to impose strict curfew and other restrictions across the Kashmir Valley on the 70th consecutive day, today. People could not offer Juma prayers at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and other major mosques of the territory due to restrictions.

Defying curfew and other restrictions, thousands of people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Kupwara, Islamabad, Baramulla, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and other areas and shouted pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. They also waved Pakistani flags. Indian troops and police personnel fired pellets, bullets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters at various places injuring hundreds of people.

Meanwhile, the death toll in the ongoing Kashmir Intifada rose to 103 with the succumbing of a youth, Basit Mukhtar, to his injuries at a hospital in Srinagar, yesterday. The youth was injured after Indian police fired pellets on protesters in Pulwama on September 5. Thousands of people participated in his funeral prayers.

The residents of Banihal and its adjoining areas in Jammu region observed shutdown, today, against civilian killings by Indian forces in the Kashmir Valley. The authorities continued to impose curfew in Rajouri district of Jammu region.

Authorities this week banned prayers to mark the Eid festival at the main mosque in Srinagar, capital of India's only Muslim-majority state. Internet and mobile networks have also been cut off in a bid to prevent a repeat of the protests.

Pervez, coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), was scheduled to brief a UN Human Rights Council session on the situation, but immigration officials blocked him from boarding his flight at Delhi's main airport.

In Geneva, Kashmiri representatives, Altaf Hussein Wani, Sardar Amjad Youssef Khan, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi and Hassan Al-Banna addressing the session of the UN Human Rights Council and during meetings with different officials of the World Body drew world’s attention towards Indian atrocities on the people of occupied Kashmir particularly during the ongoing uprising.