Restrictions on Geelani, Mirwaiz continue; Malik in central jail

Restrictions on Geelani, Mirwaiz continue; Malik in central jail

Srinagar: Chairmen of both the factions of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq remained under house arrest while Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yasin Malik has been lodged in Srinagar jail. These Separatist groups have been spearheading the agitation, demanding right to self-determination, and calling for demonstrations and strikes in the Valley. Geelani, who has been under house arrest for past more than a year, was detained in between when he tried to defy restrictions only to be released in evenings each time. An amalgam spokesman said security forces and police personnel remained deployed outside his Hyderpora residence. Mirwaiz, who has also been remaining under house detention for past four weeks, denounced the government for barring him from offering Friday prayers and delivering religious sermon at the Jamia Masjid. He alleged that the Government has crossed all limits and flouted every basic principle of democracy. Mirwaiz said repeated government moves curbed the rights of a large section of society and hurt their religious sentiments. He alleged that resorting to repressive moves of curfew and restrictions and detaining of separatist leadership is being done to suppress and muzzle the sentiment in Kashmir and choke all space for peaceful means of expressing that sentiment and to further isolate and agitate the people of Kashmir, especially the youth.

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