Indian police arrest Kashmiri rights activist

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Srinagar—Police have arrested a prominent rights activist in India-held Kashmir a day after he was barred from leaving India to travel to Geneva to participate in a session of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, police and family members said Friday.
Police picked up Khurram Parvez from his home in the region’s main city Srinagar late Thursday night.
On Wednesday, immigration officials at New Delhi’s international airport barred Parvez from boarding a plane to Geneva, even though he had a valid visa and letter of invitation from the UN body.
The arrest comes as the troubled Himalayan region has been hit by some of the most serious anti-India protests in recent years.— Agencies