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With polls round the corner, crackdown on separatists continue

The clampdown on separatists continued for the second consecutive day on Friday with hardline Hurriyat leaders put under house arrests and around 20 more separatists detained from several parts of the Valley.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2014 21:29 IST
HT Correspondent

The clampdown on separatists continued for the second consecutive day on Friday with hardline Hurriyat leaders put under house arrests and around 20 more separatists detained from several parts of the Valley.


A hardline Hurriyat spokesman said its chairman Syed Ali Geelani was disallowed to move out of his residence on Friday. His close associate Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai was also placed under house arrest.

"On Thursday evening a police vehicle blocked the main entrance of the Geelani Sahab's residence. He was barred from offering the Friday congregational prayers," said the spokesman.

Geelani accused the mainstream parties of "playing selfish politics". "To get the salaries and perks from the masters of Delhi, their hands are soaked with blood," he alleged.

He accused the government of mass arrests of the Hurriyat cadre. "The police are blindly detaining every person who is in any way related to this organisation," said the spokesman.

The party claimed 15 more leaders and supporters have been detained.

Moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference condemned the arrests of separatist leaders like Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Moulana Muhammad Abdullah Taari and Muhammad Yusuf Naqash.

"It is imperative to boycott the upcoming elections in letter and spirit. To vote those who murdered our children, youth and leaders like Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guru, is a big treachery to the mission of martyrs," said the spokesman.

Director general of police (DGP) K Rajendra told the Hindustan Times that anti-poll elements will be dealt with strictly. "Nobody will be allowed to disrupt polls," said DGP Rajendra.