Leaders Under House Arrest; Masroor In Custody

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SRINAGAR (ONS) – Maulana Abbas Ansari, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and several other separatist leaders were put under house arrest on Friday in view of Muharram processions and possible protests after Friday prayers.

The Hurriyat (M) condemned the arrest of Maulana Abbas’ son, Maulana Masroor Abbas, who has been in custody for the past several days to prevent him from leading major Muharram processions in Srinagar.

It said that this proved that Kashmir was effectively under police raj as both father and son had been kept away from their religious duties.

The Hurriyat (G) said that Geelani’s house arrest was illegal and unwarranted, asserting that Kashmir was the only place in the world with curbs on the freedom of expression.        

Commenting on his house arrest, the Mirwaiz flayed the government’s “dictatorial and totalitarian tactics” in preventing him from his religious office of leading Friday prayers and speaking to the congregation.

The chairman of the JKLF, Muhammad Yasin Malik, too was held under house arrest at his residence in Maisuma which was under siege along with the rest of central Srinagar.

According to reports, Javed Ahmad Mir, Shabir Shah and Nayeem Khan also were kept confined to their homes.

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