<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Police achieved a major success on Friday when they arrested the most-wanted separatist leader who was the brain behind massive ‘pro-azadi (freedom) and anti-India’ protests in south Kashmir in the last four months.Mir Hafizullah, the district president of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat led by 87-year-old hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani, had gone underground to lead the protests after the unrest began following the killing of Hizbul Mujahedeen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.Police said Mir had organised scores of pro-freedom and anti-India rallies in Anantnag which had allegedly triggered stone pelting in South Kashmir. Mir was evading arrest for the last four months and organising and leading protests from underground.”Mir was one of the main instigators operating in Kokarnag and Achabal. He was leading the protests. Further investigation is on,” said Nitish Kumar, deputy inspector general, South Kashmir Range.
A day after the arrest of nine persons in connection with the fire that broke out in the Deonar dumping ground here last month, city police today arrested four more scrap dealers and detained nine others for inquiry. The four accused, identified as Firoz Rais Khan (33), Kalam Iqbal sheikh (44), Saida alias Lalu Hafizullah (46) and Vijay Krishn Prasad Gupta (32), were arrested by the sleuths of Shivajinagar police station.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to police, the accused had allegedly used ragpickers, especially children, to set fire in the dumping ground so that it becomes easier for them to collect metal scrap. The Deonar dumping ground had witnessed two major fires in the recent past, first on January 28 and second on March 19, that had continued to rage for several days, causing serious health issues to residents due to toxic emissions. “The nine accused, who were arrested yesterday, are found to be involved in both the fires,” a police officer said.All the accused arrested so far have been booked under the IPC sections 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substance), 437 (intend to destroy something), police said. “Nine people have been detained in connection with the fires and are currently being questioned,” the officer said adding that some more people are likely to be arrested.