Qazi Yasir detained along with his supporters

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Ummat-e-Islami chairman and Mirwaiz south Kashmir Qazi Yasir was today detained along with nearly a dozen of his supporters as police foiled their attempt to sit on a token hunger strike here to demand the immediate release of "political prisoners".

Yasir, accompanied by his supporters, was joined by separatists from various groups at Press Enclave in the heart of the city this afternoon and sat on a token hunger strike to press for release of those arrested during the unrest last year and other "political prisoners".

All shops and business establishments in the town, 32 kms from here, remained shut while public and private transport remained off the roads after the news of the youth's arrest spread, officials said.

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