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Mirwaiz under house arrest, protests in Kashmir Valley

Chairman of moderate Hurriyat faction Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was placed under house arrest today as protesters clashed with police at some places after Friday prayers in Kashmir Valley where normal life was crippled due to a separatist-sponsored strike.

india Updated: Jul 10, 2009 20:59 IST

Chairman of moderate Hurriyat faction Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was placed under house arrest on Friday as protesters clashed with police at some places after Friday prayers in Kashmir Valley where normal life was crippled due to a separatist-sponsored strike.

Security forces used batons and fired tear gas shells to disperse slogan-shouting protesters who pelted stones on them after prayers at Gojwara and Nowhatta near Jamia Masjid and Maisuma and Abi Guzar, official sources said.

No casualty was reported. Major parts of the city also witnessed peaceful protests Friday afternoon.

The Mirwaiz, who usually delivers sermons at the Jamia Masjid on Friday, was placed under house arrest this morning.

A police posse was deployed at Nigeen residence of the separatist leader with a direction not to allow him to come out, the sources said adding, it was precautionary measure in view of the tense situation in the valley.

Shops, educational institutions and banks were closed and transport remained off the roads in Srinagar for the third day today while normal life was affected in major towns in the Valley following a strike call by hardline Hurriyat faction in protest against the death of a college girl in Kupwara after she was allegedly molested by a jawan.

A defence spokesman said the Army had relieved the jawan from service and handed him over to the police within four hours of the case being brought to its notice and insisted that it was an "individual issue" as the jawan and the woman, both locals, studied together and were reportedly in touch with each other.