Geelani, Shabir remain under house arrest, over 600 in jails in Kashmir

BK Web Desk/ Srinagar
February 19, 2017 BREAKING NEWS 370 Views
Geelani, Shabir remain under house arrest, over 600 in jails in Kashmir

 There was still no relief for chairman of Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and another separatist Shabir Ahmad Shah who remained under house arrest in the summer capital, Srinagar.

There was no restriction on any other senior separatist leader while General Secretary of the HC Masrat Alam, who also heads Muslim League, has been lodged in Baramulla Jail after a local court in Bandipora sent him to 15 days judicial remand last week, in connection with a case registered in 2015 in the Sambal Police Station.About 600 leaders and activists of different separatist organisations, majority of them belonging to hardline HC and Jamat-e-Islami (JeI) remained under detention for their alleged participation in the summer unrest last year.

Over 60 of them have been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA).Geelani who remained under house arrest since May last year when he returned from New Delhi, a spokesman of the amalgam said.He said there was no change in the situation near the Hyderpora house of Mr Geelani as large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed there.

Another separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah also remained under house arrest.Meanwhile, senior separatist leader Masrat Alam who was sent on 15 days judicial remand by a local court in north Kashmir in a case registered in a police station in 2015 has been lodged in Baramulla Jail.He was re-arrested last month after his detention under Public Safety Act (PSA) was quashed by a court.

He has been arrested, in connection with a case registered in Sumbal Police Station in 2015.Alam, brain behind the 2010 mass agitation in the Kashmir Valley during which more than 120 people, mostly youths, were killed, has again been lodged in the district jail, Baramulla.He was arrested during 2008 Amarnath land row agitation under PSA and released after two years. However, he was arrested again in 2010 when he was issuing weekly protest calendars.Later he was released immediately after Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Coalition Government headed by the then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed assumed office in March 2015.

However, after sharp reaction by opposition and BJP national and Jammu-based leaders besides saffron parties, Alam was again arrested under PSA and sent to Jammu Jail.However, he was re-arrested each time court quashed his detention under PSA since 2015.

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