Authorities ‘Allow’ Seminar on ‘Sainik, Pandit Colonies’ at Geelani’s Hyderpora Residence



United? a file pic of Hurriyat leaders.
United? a file pic of Hurriyat leaders.

Hours before the start of seminar on “Sainik and Pandit colonies” scheduled jointly by both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF, authorities released almost all Hurriyat Conference (g) leaders and activists.

However, JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik was rearrested yesterday around 8:30 PM from his Maisuma home. Earlier in the day, he was released by a TADA court while non-bailable warrants were issued against Syed Ali Geelani and Nayeem Ahmad Khan. Malik was detained at central jail for last week.

Reports reaching here said that all the Hurriyat Conference (g) leaders and activists were released by police. “They were arrested on Thursday in pre-dawn raids but released only to be rearrested a day later,” a Hurriyat Conference (g) leader said. “However, all of them were released yesterday evening.”

Geelani, along with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had proposed a joint seminar on the issue of “Sainik and Pandit Colonies”. A Hurriyat Conference (g) statement had said that the seminar will be “closed-door”. “An academic type of seminar, speakers and leaders will discuss the grave issues including Sainik and Pandit colonies,” the statement had said.

Reports said that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was on his way to Hyderpora while JKLF chief has not been released yet.

Police men are deployed around the venue. Initially, media men were not allowed to enter the venue, however, they were later given permission to cover the seminar proceedings.


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