As aging hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani’s health showed signs of deterioration in the past 24 hours, the authorities on Friday withdrew police deployment from his Srinagar residence.
The spokesman of the hardline Hurriyat, which is a conglomerate of several organisations, appealed to people to pray for the wellbeing of the octogenarian separatist leader.
“Geelani sahib has developed severe chest congestion. He finds it difficult to speak and eat. He has lost around 10 kgs of weight,” said Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar.
The aged leader had gone to Escorts hospital last week for a check up. The authorities have maintained a strict vigil on movement of Geelani since the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on February 9 last year. He faced security restrictions and house arrest since then.
Several Hurriyat leaders met at the Srinagar officer to discuss the deteriorating health conditions of their leader. The conglomerate is mulling to fly him outside the valley for treatment.
The Hurriyat also appealed to Geelani followers not to visit his residence till he fully recovers. A resident of north Kashmir's Sopore area, Geelani is 84 year old and has been associated with socio-religious group Jamaat-e-Islami for long now.