Police foil seminar where Saeed, Azhar would have been on phone
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 00:13
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday foiled an attempt by a Kashmiri separatist leader to organize a seminar which was to be addressed by LeT founder and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafeez Saeed and top leaders of terror groups Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen.

The police arrested separatist leader Mohammed Ahsan Antoo who had allegedly announced that audio tapes of Pakistan-based Saeed would be played at the seminar which would also be addressed by Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and Hizbul head Syed Salahuddin over telephone.

The authorities picked up Antoo, who was released from prison last year, from a hotel in the city and placed him under detention.

Vice Chairman of breakaway JKLF Javed Ahmed Mir was also arrested.

"They were detained in apprehension of breach of peace", said IG (Kashmir) Farooq Ahmed.

Antoo was likely to be booked under the Public Safety Act besides section 10 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act under which any person propagating the separatist cause can be detained, officials said.

Antoo was taken to an undisclosed location and was questioned as to how he had managed to get the audio tape of Saeed, a wanted terrorist in connection with the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008.

Though he has been denying any knowledge of the tape, police searched his residence and other places to find the audio cassette.

Separatist leaders including Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who were to be present the seminar, managed to excuse themselves from it.

Antoo said "we have invited pro-freedom leaders also and leaders from both sections of Hurriyat. We had invited human rights activists and pro-freedom leaders from our side of the country also.

"But now, at the last moment when the conference is about to start, police have pressurised the hotel owners that the seminar should not be allowed to be organised and we are also being arrested," he said.


First Published: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 00:13

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