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Barring Geelani, all separatist leaders released in J&K

chandigarh Updated: Jul 29, 2012 21:27 IST

Barring Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman of the breakaway Hurriyat Conference (HC), all other separatist leaders, who had been put under house arrest, have been released.

The separatist leaders were put under house arrest to prevent any law and order problem following the death of a youth, Hilal Ahmad Dhar, allegedly in an unprovoked firing by the army at Bandipore on July 24 night, leading to massive protests in north Kashmir. Official sources said it was a preventive measures to maintain peace in the valley.

Geelani remained under house arrest since Wednesday evening, spokesman for the amalgam Aiyaz Akbar said.

He said Geelani was again informed by senior police officers that he cannot move out of his Hyderpora residence till further order. Geelani had called for a general strike on Friday in protest against the killing of Hilal.

Chairman of another faction of the hurriyat Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who was also put under house arrest since Thursday, has been released.

The security forces and police personnel outside his Nigeen house were withdrawn, a spokesman for the hurriyat Shahidul Islam said.

Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman, who had announced to visit Bandipora, where Hilal was allegedly shot dead by army recently, was also under house arrest since Thursday. However, he was also released Saturday night.

Shah announced that a number of separatist leaders, including him, are scheduled to visit Bandipore on Sunday.