Acting tough against those indulging in objectionable activities and stone pelting at security forces, authorities on Monday slapped Public Safety Act (PSA) on the former Mirwaiz of South Kashmir, Qazi Yasir, and shifted him to a jail in Jammu.

Qazi Yasir, who is also a Hurriyat leader, has been asking people to boycott the ongoing Municipal and the approaching Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir. He recently landed in a serious controversy when a video went viral in which he was allegedly seen in a compromising position with a woman with whom he was chatting and was thereafter removed from the post of the cleric.

Another Hurriyat activist, Ashiq Hussain Narchoor, was also detained under the PSA.

Both Hurriyat activists had said that the Ummat-e-Islami will place ballot boxes at all main squares in South Kashmir where people will choose between “azadi and India”.

They had also allegedly been inciting the youth against the security forces.

Coming down heavily on those indulging in anti-national activities and stone pelting at security forces, the police had on Sunday arrested five persons from the Nusoo and Hajin areas of North Kashmir and slapped PSA on them. They have also been shifted to the high-security Kot-Bhalwal jail in Jammu.

The police in various parts of Kashmir has launched strong action against stone pelters and has arrested several of them. The former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who headed the PDP-BJP government, had withdrawn cases against nearly 10,000 stone pelters. However, these stone pelters have re-emerged on the streets of Kashmir to pelt stones at the Army, CRPF, and the J&K Police personnel.

Three stone pelters were arrested on Monday by a police team that raided the Panzath and Drinan villages in Qazigund of South Kashmir.

Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has criticised the state government for arresting people whom he described as ‘innocent.’

Meanwhile, students of the Kashmir University boycotted their classes on Monday and protested against the killing of scholar turned terrorist Mannan Wani in an encounter with the security forces.