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Saeed placed under 'house arrest'

world Updated: Sep 22, 2009 18:48 IST

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah accused by India of masterminding the Mumbai terrorist attacks last year, was today placed "under house arrest" for inciting people to wage jehad.

Lahore police chief Pervaiz Rathore said Saeed’s movements had been restricted in connection with two cases registered against him in Faisalabad city last week for making speeches during which he incited people to wage jehad and sought funds for the banned JuD.

"We have put him under house arrest and told him verbally that he cannot move out of his residence. At the moment, he cannot leave the house," Rathore told PTI.

Asked if the police planned to take more action against Saeed in connection with the two First Information Reports registered against him, Rathore replied: "Certainly we will proceed further."

A large police contingent was deployed outside Saeed’s home in Johar Town area of Lahore late last night to restrict his movements. However, officials said no formal written order had been issued for placing Saeed under house arrest.

It is expected that a written order on Saeed’s detention will be issued by authorities after the end of the three-day Eid-ul-Fitr holidays, which began today.

Earlier this morning, police barred Saeed, also the founder of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba that has been blamed for carrying out the Mumbai attacks, from leaving his home to lead Eid prayers near the Gaddafi Stadium in this eastern Pakistani city.