Geelani Placed Under House Arrest
18 May 2007
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: The state government has put restrictions on the activities of Syed Ali Geelani, chairman of the hard-line group of All Parties Hurriyat Conference in Srinagar, and placed him under house arrest. Geelani was scheduled to address a Friday congregation at Tourist Reception Centre Mosque on Friday. A large contingent of police swooped on his residence early in the morning and plugged the all entry and exit points of Geelani's house at Hyderpora. 'The policemen told us that Geelani Sahab cannot move out. He is under house arrest,' said a spokesperson of Geelani on telephone. A middle-rung police officer present outside Geelani's house said that they have been told by the higher authorities to restrict his (Geelani's) outside movement. Geelani has condemned the government's attitude and has called a press conference at his residence at 3 pm on Friday. 'I had to make my views known on some important issues in my Friday address. But the police did not allow me to move out of my house. I am now holding a press conference to talk on those issues,' Geelani said. After his massive rally at I'd Gah in capital Srinagar on April 22, the authorities in Srinagar have put curbs on the activities of Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference. Four senior stalwarts of Geelani- Ghulam Nabbi Sumjhi, Masarat Alam, Mohammad Shafi Lone and Firdous Ahmad Shah-have been arrested under Public Safety Act. Police also did not allow Geelani to address a press conference on April 30 when they, along with CRPF and the Army, sealed the entire locality of Hyderpora and carried out a search operation. Police earlier stopped JKLF Chief Mohammad Yasin Malik from carrying out a valley-wide journey which he named as 'safar-e-azadi' (journey towards freedom) on May 6. The JKLF chairman is again undertaking the journey on May 20. He has threatened an indefite hunger strike if he was stopped again.