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Curfew cripples Srinagar, Geelani arrested

Hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was today arrested from his Hyderpora residence on the outskirts of Srinagar as a preventive measure even as curfew continued for the second consecutive day in the city.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2010 13:19 IST

Hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was today arrested from his Hyderpora residence on the outskirts of the city as a preventive measure. Meanwhile, curfew continued for the second consecutive day in this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital while restrictions were imposed in some towns in the Valley.

"Geelani has been arrested under sections 107 (under which any person can be placed under arrest who instigates a crowd which may lead to law and order problem) and 151 of RPC as there are apprehensions that he is a threat to public peace and order," a senior police official said.

Geelani, who has been issuing weekly agitation calendars, was taken to Humhama police station.

"Curfew continues in Srinagar city while restrictions have been placed in south Kashmir Anantnag and Bijbehara towns. Restrictions have also been imposed in north Kashmir's Kangan town," a police official said here.

Geelani asked people to resume normal life for three days beginning Thursday for Eid festivities.

Geelani has also appealed for an austere Eid this year because of the deaths of 69 civilians killed in clashes with the security forces since June 11, when the present unrest started.

Geelani has been continuing his Quit Kashmir campaign. As part of the resistance programme, his group has been issuing protest calendars almost on weekly basis for the last three months.

Shops, educational institutions, banks, post offices, public and private transport remained shut in Srinagar city because of the curfew imposed by the authorities. In other places, the shutdown marred normal life.

Four people were killed and 15 sustained gunshot injuries in north Kashmir Palhalan village on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, 35 km from here, Monday when security forces intervened to remove the protester blockade on the highway.

The incident led to a heightening of tensions, and dampened the enthusiasm for Eid.

"Eid is a great occasion for spreading the message of brotherhood and joy, but how does one approach a neighbour with greetings who has lost his only son in the present unrest?" said a bitter Muzaffar Ahmad, a college teacher here.

Geelani was earlier arrested on June 20 after the law and order situation in Kashmir Valley deteriorated. He was released on August 4. (With PTI inputs)