Hurriyat leader Geelani put under house arrest
The hardline Hurriyat leader is placed under house arrest as he has been planning to lead an anti-US protest.india Updated: Aug 10, 2007 17:08 IST
Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was on Friday placed under house arrest as he was planning to lead an anti-US protest.
A police posse was deployed at the Hyderpora residence of Geelani on Srinagar-airport road this morning and asked not to allow the separatist leader to venture out, official sources said.
Geelani-led faction of Hurriyat had called for peaceful protests on Friday against what it called "nefarious designs of America and to express solidarity with the people of holy cities of Mecca, Madinah (Saudi Arabia) and Pakistan."
Expressing serious concern over US intentions in Mecca, Madinah and Pakistan, the Hurriyat spokesman alleged that "America had virtually declared a war against the ummah (Muslim world)."
Geelani was supposed to address the Friday congregation at Machoo area on the outskirts of Srinagar before leading protestors.
Meanwhile, a group of Hurriyat activists assembled at Badshah chowk in the heart of the city and staged a peaceful protest.
The nearly two dozen slogan-shouting protestors dispersed peacefully when police arrived on the scene, the sources said.