Mirwaiz Freed From House Detention

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SRINAGAR: A day after he filed a writ petition in the High Court challenging his continued house arrest, authorities today lifted restrictions placed on the movement of Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq.

“The restrictions on Mirwiaz were lifted late last night after he (Mirwaiz) filed a writ petition in the High Court through his counsels against his continued house arrest since he came from Delhi,” a spokesman of Hurriyat Conference said.

The spokesman said Mirwaiz has been under house arrest since February 9, the day Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru was executed inside Tihar jail in Delhi.

Mirwaiz was first placed under house arrest in New Delhi till February 21 and then in his Nigeen residence here immediately after his return, he said.

“The motive behind putting Mirwaiz under house arrest was to keep him away from the people, besides not allowing him to fulfil his religious and political responsibilities in the wake of Guru’s hanging,” the spokesman said.

Mirwaiz filed the petition on March 26, challenging his house arrest on the plea that there is no written order to keep him under “illegal house-confinement”.

He said Mirwaiz will address weekly congregation in the Jamia Mosque here on Friday. 

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