J&K: Geelani put under house arrest

Hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was Friday put under house arrest, but police claimed that he chose to stay at home on his own.

Updated: Aug 26, 2011, 21:25 PM IST

Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was Friday put under house arrest,
but police claimed that he chose to stay at home on his own.

A posse of policemen was deployed at the Hyderpora
residence of Geelani and informed him about the restrictions on his movement, a spokesman of the hardline Hurriyat said.
He alleged that the Hurriyat chairman was not allowed
even to offer prayers on Jumat-ul Vida, "which amounts to
interference in religious matters and denial of religious
rights."
However, a police spokesman said Geelani was requested to
offer Friday prayers at any place other than Bait-ul-Muqarram
Masjid in Baramulla town of north Kashmir in the wake of
yesterday`s grenade blast there.

"He (Geelani), however, remained adamant to go to Baramulla to offer prayers and preferred not to move out," the
spokesman added.

PTI