No relief for Geelani & Shabir; Malik released

No relief for Geelani & Shabir; Malik released

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Srinagar: There was no relief for chairman of hardline Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and another senior leader of the amalgam, who remained under house arrest, while Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yasin Malik was released after remaining lodged in central jail since Friday. Dozens of other senior separatist leaders, who were placed under house arrest or detained in police stations to prevent them from marching towards United Nations Military Observer Groups of India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) office in Sonwar on Friday, were also released. A Spokesperson of the hardline HC Aiyaz Akbar said large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside the Hyderpora residence of Mr Geelani, who is under house arrest since May last year after his return from New Delhi. He said General secretary of HC Shabir Ahmad Shah also remained under house arrest. However, Aiyaz said several other senior leaders of the amalgam, who were put under house arrest or detained in police stations on Friday, were also released. But, he said, dozens of other leaders and activists, remained lodged in different jails in Kashmir and Jammu since July last year for their alleged involvement in the unrest. Majority of them have been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA), he said, adding despite court orders, quashing the detention of several of them, they remained under arrest. A JKLF spokesperson said Malik, who was arrested on Friday and lodged in central jail, was released today. Meanwhile, chairman of moderate HC Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq was released yesterday after remaining under house arrest. He was released to be with his wife who was blessed with a son in a local hospital here. Both the factions of the HC and JKLF had appealed to people to join UNMOGIP marches on Friday afternoon to present a memorandum, demanding resolution of the Kashmir issue and return of bodies of JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru who were hanged and buried in Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 11, 1984 and February 9, 2013 respectively. However, authorities imposed curfew like restrictions to prevent UNMOGIP marches in the summer capital.

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