Police Foils Geelani Seminar

SRINAGAR - Police today foiled a seminar on 1947 Martyrs of Jammu' which was to be held in the office of Tehreeh-e-Hurriyat, headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. 

However, official sources said it was a precautionary measure to prevent any untoward incident. 

The seminar to remember the Jammu martyrs was organised by Muslim League, a constituent of the Geelani led Hurriyat faction. 

A spokesman for the Hurriyat (G) Aiyaz Akbar said a large number of security forces and state police personnel cordoned off the TeH office, adjacent to Mr Geelani's house at Hyderpora since early Tuesday morning. 

Nobody was being allowed to enter the area and all lanes and bylanes leading to the office have been sealed, he alleged. 

He said even driver and other employees of the office were not allowed to enter the area and were returned from the main road. 

Akbar rejected the authorities' claim that there was any apprehension of breach of peace. 

The seminar, which was to addressed by Geelani, was to remember the martyrs, he said, adding a large number of separatist leaders besides social, religious and other intellectuals were to participate in the event. 

He said Syed Ali Geelani remained under house arrest since he was released from police station on Eid-ul-Azha day when he was not allowed to offer Eid prayers in a mosque.

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