Geelani, Mirwaiz Defy Curbs, Held

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Srinagar: Police detained two key leaders of the united  Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Monday when they tried to break free of cordon around their houses in a bid to lead march towards South Kashmir. 

Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Farooq was detained and taken to Nigeen police station when he tried to come out of his residence to head towards Anantnag-some 80 kilometers southwards from his residence. Mirwaiz, it bears mention is under house arrest for last 17 days.

Syed Ali Geelani was taken to the Humhama Police Station the moment he came out of his besieged Hyderpora residence.

The Hurriyat leaders had asked people to march towards Anantnag district and participate in a rally to be held at Lal Chowk there after noon prayers.

The authorities on Monday imposed curfew in four south Kashmir districts to prevent a separatists called protest march.

The police said strict curfew will remain in Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts while restrictions will continue in parts of Srinagar, Kupwara, Sopore and Baramulla.

According to reports, all senior separatist leaders including Yasin Malik, Nayeem Khan and Shabir Shah have been either placed under house arrest or taken into preventive custody by the police ever since the ongoing unrest began in the Valley on July 9. 

The separatists have extended their protest shutdown call till July 29.

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