A number of prominent Hurriyat leaders - including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed and Yasin Malik - were put under house arrest by the police a day before the Eid-ul-Fitr. Raids were also on across the Valley in search of the ground-level workers of the separatist outfits.
"I am confused as to why we have been put under house arrest. I think, now the state thinks, we don't have a right to celebrate our festivals," said chairman of moderate Hurriyat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was to address a congregation at Eidgah in old-city during Eid prayers.
"They are giving no reasons for confining us to our houses. It is unfortunate that even religious activity has been barred," the chief cleric of Jamia Masjid said.
Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohammad Yasin Malik was detained by police at his house early morning on Sunday, a spokesman of the leader said. "Yasin sahib was scheduled to perform Eid prayers at Tourist Reception Ground where he was scheduled to address a public gathering. For the past ten years he has been offering prayers at the place," said the spokesman.
"This police action is undemocratic and straight interference in our religion," the spokesman stated.
Like in the past, separatist hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani was barred from moving out of his Hyderpora residence by the police. "All the Tehreek Hurriyat leaders have been put under house arrest and the police is raiding all the district leadership to choke the freedom lovers," said Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of Geelani's Hurriyat.
"Geelani sahib was scheduled to offer his Eid prayers at Hazratbal Shrine and there was no plan of any rally or address," he said.
Newly appointed director general of police (DGP) Ashok Prasad has ordered all the police officers, except the division heads, not to talk to media.