‘Geelani not being allowed to attend weddings’
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 18, 2011, 20:28
Srinagar: Hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference on Sunday alleged that its chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani was prevented by police from attending the marriage ceremonies of his grandson and granddaughter.

"Marriage ceremonies of Geelani's grandson and granddaughter is scheduled for today and September 20. But police maintained strict restrictions on his movement and denied opportunity to attend the ceremonies at his ancestral house at Sopore (in North Kashmir)," Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said in a statement here.

Condemning the action, Akbar said while the government had already placed restrictions on Geelani's political activities, he was now being denied to attend personal matters also.

"Geelani continues to be under virtual arrest within the four walls of his house and those coming to meet him are being questioned and harassed by police," the spokesman said.

A senior police officer, however, said there were no restrictions on Geelani from attending the wedding.

"He has been going for health check-up and attending to other personal matters. Since his political activities lead to violence, we cannot allow him that liberty," the officer said.


First Published: Sunday, September 18, 2011, 20:28

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