All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani was placed under house arrest on Thursday, a day ahead of his march from Hyder Pora to United Nations office in Srinagar.
A posse of security forces has ensconced Geelani’s residence early in the morning. “Since the morning, I was not allowed to move and placed within the confines of my house,” Geelani told the Hindustan Times.
The ailing separatist leader, who returned from New Delhi recently after undergoing a surgery, has given a protest chart for a month where he asked people to protest on a number of issues.
“Tomorrow’s march is to protest against the occupation of Jammu and Kashmir and against death sentence to three people and life term to one in the Lajpat Nagar blast case. This is murder of justice,” said Geelani.
He said the APHC will also start awareness against the state government’s decision to have reservation of 8 per cent seats for jobs at district level to Schedule Castes across the state. “The 8 per cent reservation bill adopted recently will be one of our main issues where we will raise awareness among the masses. It will have grave consequences on the Muslim and demographic character of the state. We will fight the order tooth and nail. We won’t allow nefarious design to reach to its goal,” said Geelani.
He said despite restrictions the march will go on. “We will hold the rally. I will also join the rally tomorrow,” said Geelani, while talking to the HT from his home. He stressed that the march will be peaceful. "I appeal to all supporters to ensure peaceful march," he added.
The media personnel were allowed to interact with the ailing leader but “his supporters were not allowed to meet him today”.