Geelani, Mirwaiz Still Under House Arrest

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 Srinagar: Chairmen of both the faction of Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq remained under house arrest in Kashmir, where protests by students during the past few days have witnessed upward spiral against use of disproportionate force by security forces on students in different educational institutes since April 15.

However, there was no restriction on Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik, who was released on April 15 from detention after one month.

 “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 spokesman of the amalgam Aiyaz Akbar said.

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 from police station only to put him under house again.

Meanwhile, chairman of moderate HC Mirwaiz also remained under house arrest, a spokesman of the amalgam said.

Government forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside the Nigeen house of Mirwaiz, who remained under house arrest for the past around a month. “Mirwaiz was not even allowed to offer Friday prayers since then,” he added.

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