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Indian authorities re-arrest Kashmir rights activist

  • A Pakistani Kashmiri takes part in a protest led by All Parties Hurriyat Conference who have gathered to express solidarity with Kashmiris who are resisting Indian rule in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly criticized suppression of protests by archrival India in the disputed territory of Kashmir, during his speech in the UN General Assembly. Sharif called Wednesday for an independent inquiry into extra-judicial killings and a U.N. fact-finding mission to investigate what he termed "brutalities." (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    A Pakistani Kashmiri takes part in a protest led by All Parties Hurriyat Conference who have gathered to express solidarity with Kashmiris who are resisting Indian rule in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly criticized suppression of protests by archrival India in the disputed territory of Kashmir, during his speech in the UN General Assembly. Sharif called Wednesday for an independent inquiry into extra-judicial killings and a U.N. fact-finding mission to investigate what he termed "brutalities." (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Kashmiri party, All Parties Hurriyat Conference, gather to express their solidarity with Kashmiris resisting Indian rule, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly criticized suppression of protests by archrival India in the disputed territory of Kashmir, during his speech in the UN General Assembly. Sharif called Wednesday for an independent inquiry into extra-judicial killings and a U.N. fact-finding mission to investigate what he termed "brutalities." (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Supporters of Kashmiri party, All Parties Hurriyat Conference, gather to express their solidarity with Kashmiris resisting Indian rule, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly criticized suppression of protests by archrival India in the disputed territory of Kashmir, during his speech in the UN General Assembly. Sharif called Wednesday for an independent inquiry into extra-judicial killings and a U.N. fact-finding mission to investigate what he termed "brutalities." (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Kashmiri man ducks to cross an iron barricade with coils of razor wire near a military base at Braripora, near the de facto border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, in Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Indian soldiers on Wednesday searched areas near the de facto border where two gunbattles with suspected rebels raged for half a day, the Indian army said. The clashes came three days after suspected rebels killed more than 15 Indian soldiers in an audacious attack on a crucial military base in Uri. The militants also were killed. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    A Kashmiri man ducks to cross an iron barricade with coils of razor wire near a military base at Braripora, near the de facto border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, in Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Indian soldiers on Wednesday searched areas near the de facto border where two gunbattles with suspected rebels raged for half a day, the Indian army said. The clashes came three days after suspected rebels killed more than 15 Indian soldiers in an audacious attack on a crucial military base in Uri. The militants also were killed. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir have charged a leading human rights activist under a controversial security law, immediately taking him back into custody after a local court had ordered him freed from police detention.

Police on Thursday said that Khurram Parvez was formally booked on Wednesday night under the Public Safety Act that allows detention for up to six months without a trial.

Police gave no other details.

The arrest comes amid the largest protests against Indian rule in Kashmir in recent years, sparked by the July 8 killing of a popular rebel commander by Indian soldiers. The protests, and a sweeping military crackdown, have all but paralyzed life in Indian-controlled Kashmir. More than 80 people have been killed in the protests.