Syed Ali Shah Geelani put under house arrest; police use water cannons on protesters, 4 injured

At least four people were reportedly injured after police resorted to layhicharge and used water cannons on Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's supporters protesting against his detention on Sunday.

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2015, 00:39 AM IST
Syed Ali Shah Geelani put under house arrest; police use water cannons on protesters, 4 injured
Courtesy: ANI

Srinagar: At least four people were reportedly injured after police resorted to layhicharge and used water cannons on Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's supporters protesting against his detention on Sunday.

The Kashmiri separatist leader was place under house arrest today with heavy security deployment outside his Hyderpora residence today morning.

He was scheduled to address a seminar in Srinagar today.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat leader Bilal Lone, who was under detention, has been released, the ANI reported.

Geelani's house arrest comes at a crucial time after NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan were called off by MoFA after it refused to accept conditions laid down by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

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Meanwhile, India termed Pakistan's decision of cancelling the talks as 'unfortunate'.

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Pakistan's announcement brought to an end the battle of attrition as to who would blink first.

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What became a red rag for New Delhi was the invitation by the Pakistan High Commission to Hurriyat leaders to meet Aziz ahead of the first-ever NSA-level talks, which was agreed upon in Ufa in Russia in July during the meeting between the two prime ministers--Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif.

India was also upset over Pakistan including Kashmir as part of the agenda for the NSA talks that was mainly scheduled to discuss terror.

(With Agency Inputs)