November 2016 News

Govt Ruins Separatists' Rendezvous

2 November 2016
Kashmir Observer

Srinagar: Police on Wednesday foiled a meeting between chairmen of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). The three separatist leaders had planned to hold a joint meeting at the residence of Geelani at Hyderpora this afternoon to chalk out the future strategy. However, when Malik reached Hyderpora, he was not allowed to enter the residence of Geelani. Geelani is under house arrest since his return from New Delhi in May this year. However, he was arrested a number of times for defying restrictions and later released in the evening each time. Mirwaiz is also under house arrest since his release recently from the detention for about two months. Malik was, however, released on last Saturday from Central Jail. Mirwaiz was jailed in Chasma Shahi sub-jail for almost two months before being shifted to his Nigeen residence where he is under house arrest. 'JKLF chief reached Hyderpora office before 3 PM but police men did not allow him to enter and meet incarcerated Geelani,' an office bearer of Geelani led Hurriyat said. He added that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was not even allowed to move out of his Nigeen residence. 'He is under house arrest. So no meeting could happen,' he said. A spokesman of the amalgam Mirwaiz was not allowed to leave his house by the security forces deployed outside his Nigeen residence. Both the factions of the Hurriyat and JKLF are spearheading the agitation since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag.