Chairman of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq were put under house arrest, while several other separatists taken into preventive custody on the eve of prime minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir from today.
However, official sources said the measures were taken to maintain law and order.
A spokesman for the breakaway Hurriyat Aiyaz Akbar said a large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside the Hyderpora residence of Geelani on the Srinagar-Airport road.
He said the amalgam chairman, who remained under house arrest for the past three months, was not being allowed to move out of his house. He was not even allowed to offer Friday prayers in the mosque during this period, he alleged.
Akbar said a number of other Hurriyat Tehreek-e- Hurriyat (TeH) leaders headed by Geelani, had either been put under arrest or taken into custody in the Valley, particularly in south Kashmir.
He allegedly that released militants were also being harassed and asked to report to police stations in their respective areas.
Chairman of the moderate Hurriyat Farooq was also put under house arrest since last evening, Hurriyat spokesman Advocate Shahidul Islam said. He was not being allowed to move out of his Nigeen house by security forces and police personnel deployed outside, Shahid said, adding he was also not allowed to join in the prayers at historic Jamia masjid on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat.