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Hurriyat calls general strike, takes out rally

Opposing arrest of their leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, hardline faction of Hurriyat called for a general strike.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 16:53 IST

Opposing the arrest of their leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conferenceon Thursdaycalled for a general strike in the Kashmir Valley on Friday, official sources said.

Led by the Muslim League leader Masarat Aalam, Hurriyat activists took out a protest rally in Srinagar this afternoon, shouting slogans against the arrest of Geelani, who was taken into custody on Wednesday in connection with cases relating to "inciting communalism and working against the country", and remanded in judicial custody for three weeks.

A spokesman for the amalgam said it will continue to protest the 'unjustified arrest' of Geelani in the days to come and called for a general strikeon Fridayin this connection.

Geelani was in PoonchonWednesdayas part of a campaign to meet the people in the border district and adjoining Rajouri, the spokesman said.

First Published: Jun 08, 2006 16:53 IST