Srinagar: Separatist leader and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik has been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) on Thursday. He would also be shifted to Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu district. 

Under the PSA, Malik can be kept in detention for up to six months without trial. 

A plea has been filed by the CBI in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court seeking transfer of cases against Malik from Srinagar to Jammu.

Malik has been named as the main accused in the kidnapping of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed’s daughter Dr Rubiya Sayeed,  killing of five Air Force personnel in Srinagar in 1990, killing Justice Neelkanth Ganju and former director, Doordarshan Kendra in Srinagar, Lassa Kaul.

Malik was detained on February 22 amid indications of a wider crackdown on separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

Police and paramilitary forces have been put on high alert but there was no confirmation about any more detentions.

The action comes eight days after an audacious terror attack on a convoy in Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives.

With PTI inputs