September 2017 News

Geelani, Mirwaiz, Malik Barred From Travelling To New Delhi, Detained

9 September 2017
Greater Kashmir
Shabir ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: The government on Saturday barred Kashmir's joint separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik from travelling to New Delhi by detaining them, even as strict restrictions on movement of people remained in force for the second consecutive day in areas falling under six police stations in Srinagar. A police official said that chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest last night, while JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested from his Maisuma residence around midnight and shifted to Central Jail Srinagar. The chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani continued to remain under house detention at his residence. Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik were supposed to fly to Delhi on Saturday and stage protest outside NIA headquarters there and court arrest. 'The NIA has let loose a reign of terror across Jammu and Kashmir. Even our family members and relatives are being harassed. Those associated with us based on principles of political ideology, our activists, aid workers and others are being targeted,' Mirwaiz had said during a recently held press conference here. 'We have decided to fly to New Delhi on September 9 and present ourselves for arrest at the NIA headquarters,' he had said. However, police said that separatist leaders were detained as they were 'trying to create a law and order problem.' 'The three separatist leaders were trying to mobilize people for a rally that would have created a law and order problem for the authorities,' said inspector general of police Kashmir range, Muneer Ahmed Khan. 'Had they moved towards Delhi as normal passengers we would have allowed them to go wherever they wanted to go. But, we cannot allow anybody to create a law and order problem,' the IGP Khan said. RESTRICTIONS TO CONTINUE TODAY: Authorities imposed restrictions in areas falling under Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, SafaKadal and Maisuma police stations. 'The restrictions were imposed in parts of the city to maintain law and order in the wake of apprehensions of trouble as the separatists had announced to court arrests in Delhi,' a senior police official told Greater Kashmir adding that the day passed off peacefully. On Saturday evening in a fresh order, District Magistrate Srinagar announced that restrictions would remain imposed in the jurisdictions of six Srinagar police stations on Sunday. 'Restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC will remain in force on Sunday in the areas falling under the jurisdictions of Police Stations Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal, and Maisuma in district Srinagar. The restrictions have been put at place as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident,' the order said. JKLF ACTIVISTS STAGE PROTEST: Strongly condemning the arrest of JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and house arrest of Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and stopping them from travelling to Delhi, JKLF leaders and activists Saturday staged a peaceful protest at AbiGuzar here. JKLF activists SirajUd din Mir, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Prof Javid, Ghulam Muhammad Dar and Muhammad AzeemZargar along with people from different walks of life gathered outside JKLF office at AbiGuzar and marched towards Press Enclave here. Holding placards and raising slogans against detaining the leaders, the protesters condemned what they termed as 'continuous police highhandedness.'