Mirwaiz Barred From Friday Prayers

Srinagar: Leaders of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq were put under house arrest after their release from detention last night.

Mirwaiz, who is head priest of Kashmir was not allowed to reach Grand Mosque for Friday prayers during which he usually gives weekly sermon there.

 However, there was no restriction on Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik who too has been released from detention.

Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik were taken into custody after police foiled their press meet at Hyderpora.

 All the three separatist leaders, who had gathered at the residence of Geelani to address a joint press conference were later lodged in police station Humhama in the central Kashmir district of Budgam. However, they were released last night from detention.

 A spokesman of the Hurriyat (G) Aiyaz Akbar said Geelani after his release has again been put under house arrest. Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside the Hyderpora residence of Geelani, he said adding the amalgam chairman has been informed that he cannot leave till further orders.

He said Geelani was not allowed to offer Friday prayers in a mosque since May last year when he was first put under house arrest after his return from Delhi. However, he was arrested several times for defying restriction and each time he was released in the evening.

A spokesman for Mirwaiz said that Mirwaiz, who was released from police station last night has again been put under house arrest since this morning. A large number of security forces and state police personnel arrived at Nigeen house of Mirwaiz who has been informed that restrictions have been imposed on him and he cannot leave.

However, a spokesman of the JKLF said chairman Malik, who was arrested yesterday from Hyderpora, has been released.

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