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Indian police arrest Kashmir separatist leader, detain others to prevent protest march

  • Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, center, shouts freedom slogans during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, April 17, 2015. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Friday to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Indian-controlled Kashmir who hurled rocks and chanted anti-Indian and pro-Pakistan slogans to protest the killing of a militant commander's brother. The Indian army said the man was killed in a gunbattle along with a militant on Monday, while his relatives and local residents said he was tortured to death. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, center, shouts freedom slogans during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, April 17, 2015. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Friday to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Indian-controlled Kashmir who hurled rocks and chanted anti-Indian and pro-Pakistan slogans to protest the killing of a militant commander's brother. The Indian army said the man was killed in a gunbattle along with a militant on Monday, while his relatives and local residents said he was tortured to death. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kashmiri protesters shout slogans as they prepare to burn an Indian flag during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, April 17, 2015. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Friday to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Indian-controlled Kashmir who hurled rocks and chanted anti-Indian and pro-Pakistan slogans to protest the killing of a militant commander's brother. The Indian army said the man was killed in a gunbattle along with a militant on Monday, while his relatives and local residents said he was tortured to death. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Kashmiri protesters shout slogans as they prepare to burn an Indian flag during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, April 17, 2015. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Friday to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Indian-controlled Kashmir who hurled rocks and chanted anti-Indian and pro-Pakistan slogans to protest the killing of a militant commander's brother. The Indian army said the man was killed in a gunbattle along with a militant on Monday, while his relatives and local residents said he was tortured to death. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • A tear gas shell fired by Indian policemen explodes near Kashmiri protestors in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, April 17, 2015. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Friday to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Indian-controlled Kashmir who hurled rocks and chanted anti-Indian and pro-Pakistan slogans to protest the killing of a militant commander's brother. The Indian army said the man was killed in a gunbattle along with a militant on Monday, while his relatives and local residents said he was tortured to death. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    A tear gas shell fired by Indian policemen explodes near Kashmiri protestors in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, April 17, 2015. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Friday to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Indian-controlled Kashmir who hurled rocks and chanted anti-Indian and pro-Pakistan slogans to protest the killing of a militant commander's brother. The Indian army said the man was killed in a gunbattle along with a militant on Monday, while his relatives and local residents said he was tortured to death. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

Indian police say they have arrested a top Kashmiri separatist leader for leading an anti-India protest march and raising pro-Pakistan slogans earlier in the week.

Police officer K. Rajendra said Masarat Alam was arrested Friday under India's unlawful activities act.

He says police put two other separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest to prevent them from leading a planned march Friday to protest the killing of a militant commander's brother in the Indian portion of Kashmir.

The Indian army said the man was killed in a gun battle along with another militant on Monday, while his relatives and angry locals said he was tortured to death.

Indian forces have been fighting an insurgency in the region since 1989.