Separatist Leaders Remain In Custody, Under House Arrest

KL Report

Srinagar

Chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, were among many pro-freedom leaders who remained under house arrest while JKLF Chief Yasin Malik and Democratic Freedom Party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah remained in police custody on Friday.

“Chairman Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq remained under house arrest as a result of which he could not offer prayers for second consecutive Friday in this holy month of Ramdan,” reads a statement by the amalgam.

Besides, Mirwaiz, other leaders of the amalgam including Aga Syed AL-Hassan Al-Mousvi, Moulana Abbas Ansari, Moulana Masroor Ansari, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Zaffar Akhbar Bhat and Chaudary Shaheen were confined to their residence, the statement added.

Nayeem Ahmad Khan, chairman of Jammu Kashmir National Front, an ally of Hurriyat Conference (M), was also kept under house arrest, party spokesman said.

There was no relief either for chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani who also remained under house arrest, a leader of the conglomerate told KNS.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik and three of his aides remained under police custody, a spokesman of the party said.

He said Malik and the aides including Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Basher Ahmad Kashmiri and Ghulam Mohammad Dar, who were arrested at Lal Chowk yesterday, remained in police custody for second consecutive day. They were arrested while protesting against Gool ‘massacre’.

Meanwhile, the spokesman said, police have arrested JKLF District president Ganderbal, Basher Ahmad Rather alias Boya along with JKLF activist Ajaz Ahmad Lone from Bihama area of the central Kashmir district.

Democratic Freedom Party also condemned the continuous detention of party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah and leader Mohammad Yasin Ataye. “There is no justification for the arrest of Shah and Ataye and it is nothing but political vendetta,” a spokesman of the party said.

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