Geelani house arrested to foil his Tral visit

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Authorities have practically banned the “public contact” program of octogenarian separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, and in the latest move he was again put under house arrest Thursday morning to thwart his Tral visit scheduled on Friday, November 29.

“A large contingent of police came and closed the outer gate of Geelani’s residence and he was informed that he can’t move out,” Hurriyat (G) spokesman, Ayaz Akbar told Kashmir Life.

The spokesman reacted to the latest curbs on Geelani’s as, “Omar government has failed to confront Geelani politically.” He added “Geelani’s house arrest is simply nothing but a surrender of Omar government.”

Geelani was released on October 29, this year after 235 day long house arrest. He was put under house detention just after the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru, Parliament attack convict on February 9, 2013.

In the month of March, when Geelani returned from New Delhi, he was virtually arrested on the airport and detained in his house.

Geelani’s long house detention ended on October 29, this year after which he addressed mammoth public gatherings in Sopore, Shopian, Kupwara and Pulwama in which he appealed people to refrain from voting in the coming Parliament and Assembly elections.

He was later again put under house detention on November, 17 a day ahead of his Palhalan visit. Today, Geelani was also arrested one day before he was scheduled to visit Tral, a town in the south Kashmir. Geelani, has already published his long “public campaign” program. He is scheduled to address people in Srinagar on December 8.

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