SRINAGAR: Separatist Yasin Malik was detained on Friday after a clash broke out between security forces and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).

More than two dozen people were injured during a protest against the Jammu and Kashmir government’s plans to set up townships for Pandits in the Kashmir Valley.

Earlier, JKLF supporters, led by Malik started a protest march towards the city centre Lal Chowk from the adjacent Maisuma locality.

Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) used tear shells and water cannons after JKLF supporters pelted stones at them, said police officials.

On Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed announced that there was no proposal to set up clusters for Pandits in the valley, adding that Pandits who fled the Kashmir Valley after the outbreak of separatist campaign in 1989 deserved an honourable return to their original native places.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits will certainly happen & the Jammu and Kashmir government is also collaborating.”

(With IANS Inputs)

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