Police today detained JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik hours ahead of the funeral prayers in absentia for party founder Amanullah Khan, who died in Pakistan yesterday.

"Ahead of Gayibana Nimaz-i-Jinaza (funeral prayers in absentia) for JKLF supreme leader Amanullah Khan, Malik was arrested by police," a spokesman of the JKLF said in a statement.

In addition to this moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has also been put under house arrest. "Mirwaiz was put under house arrest this morning.He was
scheduled to head the Hurriyat's condolence meeting and join the funeral prayers at Lal Chowk, but a heavy contingent of police arrived at his Nigeen residence this morning and put
him under house arrest," a Hurriyat spokesman said.

The spokesman claimed that authorities have imposed curfew-like restrictions in Lal Chowk, Maisuma, Kokerbazar, Kothibagh, Abi Guzar, court road and other adjoining areas of the capital Srinagar.

Amanullah Khan, one of the founders of pro-Independence JKLF, died in Rawalipindi, Pakistan, yesterday.