Geelani, Mirwaiz under house arrest, Malik evades arrest to lead ‘Lal Chowk chalo’ march

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Newspoint Bureau

Srinagar, December 5

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik evaded arrest to lead “ Lal Chowk Challo” march today while chairmen of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq remained under house arrest.

Both the factions of the HC and JKLF, spearheading the agitation since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander was killed along with two other militants in Anantnag in an encounter, have announced to lead the march to the historic chowk today.

A police party raided the Maisuma house of Malik last night but he (Malik) had left for an undisclosed place, a senior leader of the JKLF said this morning.

He said it was not immediately clear whether police had come to put Malik under house arrest or detain him.

He said Malik will lead a march as announced towards Lal Chowk today at any time. However, he did not disclose the area.

A spokesman for the moderate HC said the Mirwaiz remained under house arrest. Large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside his Nigeen house and he was not being allowed to move out, he said.

The Mirwaiz was put under house arrest on Saturday when he left for the shrine of Hazrat Naqashband Sahib to join “ Khawaja Digar” prayers. However, a day earlier, he was allowed to offer Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid after 20 weeks. No Friday prayers were also offered in the historic masjid for 19 weeks due to restrictions since July 9.

There was no relief for chairman of hardline HC Syed Ali Shah Geelani who remained under house arrest for the past about eight months. Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside his Hyderpora house to prevent him from moving out. He was allowed to offer Eid and Friday prayers in mosques.

It was announced that Geelani will lead ‘Lal Chowk chalo’ march from Hyderpora, Abdullah from Nigeen and Malik from Maisuma.

Dozens of senior separatist leaders from both the factions of HC and JKLF and other organisations have also been arrested from different parts of the valley for their alleged participation in the unrest in the Valley.

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