Srinagar, December 30
There was no relief for the chairman of hardline Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and senior separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah who have been put under house arrest.
However, there was no restriction on chairman of moderate HC Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik while senior separatist leader Musarat Alam has been re-arrested after his detention under Public Safety Act (PSA) was quashed by the High Court 34th time recently.
Both the factions of the HC and JKLF, spearheading the agitation, calling for strikes and protests, since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag, have urged people to hold demonstrations after Friday prayers. The separatists have already asked people to observe strike today and tomorrow.
Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside the Hyderpora residence of Mr Geelani who remained under house arrest since his return from New Delhi in May this year, a spokesman of the HC said. He said since his return from New Delhi Mr Geelani was not allowed to offer Eid or Friday prayers in mosque. However, he was taken into custody a number of times after he defied the restrictions to lead protest march. Later he was released in the evening same day.He said hundreds of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) and HC leaders have also been arrested and detained in different jails and police stations in the valley and outside since July 9. Majority of them have been detained under PSA and lodged in Jammu jails. General secretary of the hardline HC Shabir Ahmad Shah also remained under house arrest. He was recently put under house arrest after his release from Raj Bagh police station after more than five months.
Meanwhile, Musrat Alam, brain behind 2010 mass agitation during which more than 120 people, mostly youths were killed, was re-arrested despite his detention was quashed under PSA 34th time by the HC recently.
There was no restriction on Mirwaiz who is scheduled to address Friday congregation at historic Jamia masjid, a spokesman of the HC advocate Shahidul Islam said. He said there are also no restriction around Jamia masjid though main Jamia market and business and other establishments in the down town and Shehar-e-Khas remained closed in view of strike, called jointly by separatists.
A JKLF spokesman said chairman Malik has reached Pulwama to lead a separatist march there. There was no restriction on Malik, he said.