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Hurriyat Chairman Geelani put under house arrest

Syed Ali Shah Geelani is put under house arrest as he tries to stage a sit-in to protest alleged human rights violations in J&K.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Srinagar
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2007 01:42 PM IST

Hardline Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani was put under house arrest at his residence on Thursday as he tried to stage a sit-in at the residency road area in Srinagar to protest alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Geelani was put under house arrest as he was preparing to sit on a dharna at Pratap Park," a Hurriyat spokesman claimed.

Police officials were not available for comment.

Geelani was not allowed to leave his house on Tuesday when he was scheduled to address a press conference at Hurriyat headquarters at Rajbagh.

A posse of police personnel have been deployed outside his residence, spokesman said.

Geelani has called for a general strike tomorrow to protest against the alleged incidents.

Meanwhile, police detained more than a dozen supporters of Geelani who tried to stage the dharna in the absence of their leader, officials said.

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