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
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