Hurriyat, JKLF Leaders Remain Under Arrest

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Srinagar: Chairmen of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq besides about a dozen other separatist leaders remained under house arrest while JKLF chief has been lodged in central Jail, Srinagar.

Restriction on separatists had been imposed after they issued call for poll boycott in in both Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies. Polling was held in Srinagar yesterday during which eight persons were killed and over 20 others injured in security force and police action while polling will be held in Anantnag constituency on April 12.

However, official sources said that restrictions on separatists had been imposed to prevent any law and order problem.

Both the factions of the HC and JKLF, spearheading the agitation, demanding “right to self determination” have called for two days strike from today in protest against civilian killings yesterday.

There is no change in the situation as majority separatist leaders remained under house arrest, a spokesman of the hardline HC Aiyaz Akbar said.

He said Mr Geelani remained under house arrest since May last year and he was not even allowed to offer Friday prayers in a mosque since then.

A large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside the Hyderpora residence of Mr Geelani who was arrested a number of time for defying restrictions. However, he was being released every time.

Aiyaz said about a dozen other senior leaders, including Mohammad Ashraf Sehrayee, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin and Mohammad Ashraf Laya have been put under house arrest, Aiyaz alleged.

We have apprehension that restrictions on separatist leaders will continue till “election drama” in Anantnag parliamentary constituency is over on April 12, he said.

Aiyaz, who too is also under house arrest, alleged that Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police yesterday raided his house, damaged property and window panes besides beat him. Even police personnel deployed to prevent me from moving out were also not spared by the SOG, he alleged.

 Meanwhile, chairman of moderate HC Mirwaiz also remained under house arrest, a spokesman of the amalgam told UNI.    Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside the Nigeen house of Mirwaiz, who remained under house arrest for the past more than a week.

Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has been lodged in Central jail, Srinagar despite his ill health, a spokesman of the front said.

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