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JK: Geelani, Umar Farooq under house arrest

Last updated on: September 05, 2008 14:59 IST
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Chairmen of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohammad Yaseen Malik have been put under house arrest to prevent them from leading the Friday demonstrations in the valley.

Mirwaiz Omar and Malik remained under house arrest since their release early on September 1 while Geelani was put under arrest since late last night.

A spokesman for the moderate HC advocate Shahidul Islam told UNI that a large number of security forces and police personnel remained deployed outside the Nigeen resident of the Mirwaiz since September 1 when he was released after eight days' detention.

He said Malik was also put under house arrest from the day he was released.

However, Geelani who was admitted to hospital remained free. Geelani had announced that he will offer Friday prayers at holy Hazratbal shrine today.

However, he had asked people to protest in their respective areas after Friday prayers. But he appealed to people to hold peaceful protests and not indulge in stone pelting.

Official sources said a large number of police personnel had been deployed outside the Hyderpora residence of Geelani who has been informed that he has been put under house arrest.

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