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No relief for separatists in Kashmir

[ March 27, 2017 ]

Srinagar: There was still no relief for separatist leaders, including chairmen of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq in the Kashmir valley, where bypoll will be held in two Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha seats next month.
The separatists had issued a poll boycott call and urged people to stay away from any poll process.

However, official sources said that restrictions on separatists had been imposed to prevent any law and order problem.
Mr Geelani remained under house arrest since May last year, a spokesman of the hardline HC Aiyaz Akbar told UNI.
He said a large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside the Hyderpora residence of Mr Geelani who is not even being allowed to offer Friday prayers in a mosque.
He said about a dozen other senior leaders, including Mohammad Ashraf Sehrayee, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin and Mohammad Ashraf Laya have been put under house arrest while Umar Adil Dar has been detained in police station. I am also under house arrest, Aiyaz alleged
We have apprehension that restrictions on separatist leaders will continue till “election drama” in Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies is over on April 12, he said.
Meanwhile, chairman of moderate HC Mirwaiz also remained under house arrest, media advisor to HC Advocate Shahidul Islam told UNI.
Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed outside the Nigeen house of Mirwaiz, who remained under house arrest for the past more than a week.
I have also been put under house arrest this morning to prevent me for leaving for New Delhi, Advocate Islam said.
Meanwhile, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has been lodged in Central jail, Srinagar.