Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested the mastermind behind the protests in Anchar area of Soura.

“Srinagar Police succeeded in arresting the main organizer of Anchar protests in Chanpora area of South Zone Srinagar,” said a police spokesman.

He has been identified as Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, resident of Tangdhar, at present Baghi-Mehtab, Srinagar.

According to police records, Qureshi was involved in organizing violent anti-national protests in Srinagar city especially in Anchar area of Soura.

“He is involved in several cases including case FIR No. 66/2019, FIR No. 67/2019, 68/2019, FIR No. 73/2019, FIR No. 79//2019, FIR No. 85/2019 under relevant sections of law registered in Police Station Soura.”

During preliminary investigation, officers learnt about his links with the separatists, said the spokesman.

As per the police records, he has played main role in provocating youth and instigating them to carry out anti-national protests and  stone pelting on police and security forces.

“He also played main role in organizing unlawful gatherings and violent protests leading to the loss of property and injuries to the civilians in the area,” said the spokesman. Investigation in the matter is going on.

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