Srinagar, April 11
There was no relief for separatists, who remained under house arrest or detained in police stations and jails in the Kashmir valley, where polling in Anantnag Parliamentary constituency has been deferred by the Election Commission of India (ECI).
Chairmen of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq besides about a dozen other separatist leaders remained under house arrest while Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief has been lodged in central Jail, Srinagar.
Restriction on separatists had been imposed after they issued call for poll boycott in in both Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies. Polling was held in Srinagar on April 9 during which eight persons were killed and over 20 others injured in security force and police action while polling will be held in Anantnag constituency on April 12.
About 150 paramilitary forces were also injured in stone pelting.
Though ECI has deferred polling in Anantnag constituency which was scheduled to be held on April 12.
However, both the factions of the HC and JKLF, spearheading the agitation, demanding “right to self determination”, have called for two days strike on Monday and Tuesday. He said Geelani remained under house arrest since May last year and he was not even allowed to offer Friday prayers in a mosque since then, a spokesman of the amalgam Aiyaz Akbar said.
A large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside the Hyderpora residence of Geelani who was arrested a number of time for defying restrictions. However, he was being released every time.
Aiyaz said about a dozen other senior leaders, including Mohammad Ashraf Sehrayee, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin and Mohammad Ashraf Laya have been put under house arrest, Aiyaz alleged. Aiyaz, who too is also under house arrest, alleged that hundreds of youths were arrested in the Kashmir valley, particularly in south Kashmir during the past about two week and more night raids are being conducted by the police.
Meanwhile, chairman of moderate HC Mirwaiz also remained under house arrest, a spokesman of the amalgam told . Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside the Nigeen house of Mirwaiz, who remained under house arrest for the past more than a week.
Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has been lodged in Central jail, Srinagar despite his ill health, a spokesman of the front said.