Geelani placed under house arrest again

Decision taken after assessing law and order situation: DGP

He has been advised not to visit Palhalan: IGP    

SRINAGAR: Sixteen days after he was freed from nearly a year long captivity, police Saturday placed Huriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani under house arrest again. 

A large pose of police personnel was deployed outside his Hyderpora residence Saturday afternoon, restricting the movement of the senior separatist leader.  The Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad said the decision has been taken after assessing the law and order situation.

The move came a day before Geelani was scheduled to visit separatist stronghold of Palhalan in Pattan.

Earlier the restrictions on Geelani’s movement were lifted on October 29, after his continuous house confinement for 236 days.

Talking to KNS, Geelani said: “My brief spell with people in different districts and the way people participated in my meetings has given sleepless nights to the authorities. The authorities here cannot tolerate my presence in public. Witnessing the swelling numbers of people in my rallies; the so called government gets frustrated.”

He termed his house confinement undemocratic and his stand vindication that ‘Jammu and Kashmir is police state where there is no rule of law.’ “Putting curbs like this can be only called the worst form of state terrorism.  Those who claim to be the largest democracy are practically denying every democratic right to people.”

The senior separatist leader said whether he remains under house arrest or is allowed to move freely, there will be no change in his stand especially on participation in polls. “I have always called for poll boycott and I will continue to say so. Putting me behind bars or under house arrest hardly makes any difference for my stand. There can be no change even an iota in my stand,” Geelani said.

When contacted, the DGP said that in view of the recent ‘inflammatory’ statements given by Geelani and the ground assessment of law and order situation, the administration took the decision.  

“We assessed the reports on rallies organized by Geelani in last few days in different parts of the Valley and came to conclusion that there is likelihood of law and order situation keeping in view the provocative speeches of the separatist leader. We cannot allow him to take people’s life and property for granted,” the DGP said.  

Meanwhile, Ayaz Akbar, Hurriyat (G) spokesman informed that Geelani’s scheduled visit to Palhalan has been deferred in view of fresh restrictions.  “The government is not ready to face us politically so they are using the forceful tactics now,” Akbar said.

IGP Kashmir Abdul Gani Mir, when contacted said: “There were some apprehensions of law and order felt by the district administration Baramulla, so Mr Geelani has been advised not to go to Palhalan.” (KNS)

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