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Geelani placed under house arrest in J&K

Geelani was scheduled to proceed to Handwara in Kupwara district to condole the death of school children.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 11:25 IST

Chairman of the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was placed under house arrest on Wednesday morning, official sources said.

Police reached the residence of Geelani at Hyderpora on the Srinagar airport road at around 6.30 am and asked him not to move out of the house, the sources said.

Although no reason was given for the restrictions, a Hurriyat spokesman said Geelani was scheduled to proceed to Handwara in Kupwara district to condole the death of school children who drowned in Wullar lake in Baramulla district on Tuesday.

Condemning the action, the spokesman said the restrictions imposed on Geelani were "uncalled for" as he merely intended to condole the tragic death of the children in the tragedy.

First Published: May 31, 2006 11:25 IST