ISLAMABAD - Strict curfew imposition and crackdowns in the last couple of days were said to have followed the ‘security measures’ taken ahead of the Indian army chief’s visit to the Indian Held Kashmir today (Saturday).In separate conversations with this newspaper, the central Kashmiri leaders in Srinagar flayed the imposition of curfew and arrests made prior to Indian general’s arrival. Dozens of workers of political parties, youth and human rights activists were detained in Srinagar while top Kashmiri leadership in central areas was forcefully confined to homes, the reports received from the IHK suggested.Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh is scheduled to visit Srinagar and the valley’s forward military posts today. He is to meet senior officials of the IHK government as well as his military associates.  The J&K State government’s spokesperson, G A Wani, when approached, detached the state machinery from the ‘security measures’ taken on Thursday and Friday. “We have assured full cooperation and compliance to our Kashmir brothers. It needs to be clarified here that the state government of Jammu and Kashmir has no powers to pick or detain anybody under military procedures. Neither we endorse the policy of launching crackdowns on civilian public nor do we approve of using force in J&K. We have, a number of times, recorded our protests with the centre in this regard,” he told TheNation.Wani, who is the chief media manager to the J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, said the CM has repeatedly demanded abolishing Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in J&K and he would take up the issue during the his meeting with General Singh on Sunday (tomorrow).Talking to TheNation, Ameer JI IHK Chapter Shaikh Muhammad Hassan said, Jamaat-e-Islami would launch protests against what he termed as unlawful and reckless use of force by the Indian authorities. “We have always rejected violence but we have a right to revolt if our peaceful freedom movement is tried to be suppressed through highhanded tactics.”Hassan regretted the attitude of state machinery in this regard. “These people are at the helm of affairs. They should strongly stand up against the detentions and killings of civilians in Indian Occupied Kashmir. But what one can expect from a puppet regime,” the JI Ameer said.“If General Bikram really wants peace, the first thing he should do after arriving here is to order troops withdrawal from IHK and announce liberating it from Indian control. This is the only key to peace. He should come here and consult the Kashmiri public representatives instead of meeting his commanders.”Chairman JKLF Yasin Malik said, as many as 55 activists of his party were detained since the start of Ramzan. “They (Indian forces) were picking our men from different areas and they intensified this detention campaign in last two days soon after receiving confirmation of Singh’s visit here. Our 55 men are in detention centres, we can only pray for their lives. Nobody knows how many of them make it alive here,” he told this newspaper.Malik said he was house-arrested thrice in the last ten days. “If this, they think is the way forward for bringing peace here, than they are terribly wrong,” he commented on the Sunday’s scheduled meeting between Omar Abdullah and General Bikram Singh as confirmed to this journalist by Abdullah’s spokesperson. “Coercion always leads to collision.” Yasin Malik said he was under house-arrest at the time he was talking to this correspondent from Srinagar.Reportedly, partial curfew was imposed in some parts of Srinagar on Thursday that was scaled-up to a full-scale standstill on Friday in Hazratbal, Sanwar, Alamgir Bazar, Dalgate, Hassanabad as well as Srinagar’s outskirts. Highly restricted movement of civilians was allowed only during Aftaar time on Friday in central Srinagar and the rural belt.Apart from Yasin Malik, the top Kashmiri leaders that were put to house arrests included Chairman APHC Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwazi Umar Farooq, Abbas Ansari and Bilal Lone.Senior Vice President of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF’s) Srinagar chapter Asif Mir, senior leader Jamaat-e-Islami J&K chapter Hafiz Tahir Sajjad, Nazim JI Srinagar, Zahid Ali and several other unidentified activists of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), JKLF and JI were reportedly put to detention centres by the Indian forces.