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J&K: Geelani, other separatists put under house arrest

chandigarh Updated: Aug 11, 2012 13:32 IST

Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Syed Ali Omar Farooq and several other separatist leaders were put under house arrest on the fourth death anniversary of Peoples League (PL) chief Sheikh Abdul Aziz.

A number of separatist organisations had planned to offer a fateha to Sheikh Aziz at Eidgah graveyard, where a large number of police personnel were deployed.

A spokesman for the breakway Hurriyat Aiyaz Akbar said, Syed Ali Geelani, who was taken into custody when he tried to move out of his Hyderpora residence to offer Friday prayers, was later released shortly before the 'Iftar' (breaking of fast).

Farooq, who addressed congregation at historic Jamia Masjid on Friday, was also placed under house arrest after his return.

A spokesman for the moderate HC said, "Farooq was informed, he could not leave his Nigeen house till further orders."

Jammu and Kashmir, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chief Shabir Ahmad Shah, who had gone to Kulgam to address a rally on Friday along with some other separatist leaders, including Javid Ahmad Mir, were taken into preventive custody.

They remained under custody at Kulgam to prevent them from visiting the Eidgah graveyard

Aziz, was allegedly killed after security forces opened fire to stop a procession from Baramulla to Muzaffarabad when supply to Kashmir valley was stopped at Jammu during Amarnath land dispute demonstrations.