Separatists Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik were on Friday detained by the police when they staged a protest march towards Shopian where 3 persons died in a clash with Army personnel on 27 January.

Mirwaiz was taken into custody when he defied his house arrest and started marching towards Shopian. Yasin was taken into custody when he managed to reach Shopian and tried to organise a procession from the mosque.

The separatists, including Syed Alishah Geelani, Mirwaiz and Yasin Malik, had given the call for protest march to Shopian to express solidarity with families of the deceased.

The authorities had clamped restrictions in various parts of the valley and also in Srinagar to thwart the separatists’ march that was called to further escalate tension.Restrictions were strictly enforced in Shopian that has been witnessing encounters between security forces and terrorists.

Despite being under house arrest, Geelani was allowed to address a gathering outside his house where he criticised the Indian government and the security forces. Earlier, he was also allowed to telephonically address the mourners who had assembled in Shopian after death of these persons.Two persons had died on the spot and the third succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.

The clash occured when a mob attacked with stones a convoy of the Army that was passing through the Gawanpura village. The Army resorted to firing when the mob allegedly tried to lynch a JCO of the Army unit and burn their vehicles.