Mirwaiz, other separatists remain under house arrest in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Nov 7 (UNI) Moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and about a dozen other separatist leaders remained under house arrest in the Kashmir valley, where undeclared curfew has been imposed to prevent them from joining the Jamia Masjid march, called by the Coordination Committee (CC), spearheading the present agitation.

Mirwaiz Omar, who was put under house arrest since yesterday morning, remained confined in their Nigeen house as a large number of CRPF and police personnel remained deployed outside.

A spokesman of the HC said that he was not being allowed to move out of his house after he was informed that he has been put under house and could not leave till further orders.

He said Mirwaiz could not offer the Friday prayers in the mosque.

About a dozen other separatist leaders, including former chairman of the HC Moulana Abbas Ansari, Bilal Gani Lone, Aga Syed Hussan Al- Mousvi, Kashmir Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoum, also remained under house arrest since yesterday morning.

About 100 second rank and seinor separatist leaders, including Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah and Jamait-ul-Ahalhadees Moulana Showkat Shah were arrested by the police and CRPF during the past two months. Majority of them were later detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

The CC had appealed to people to join the Jamia march today where the leaders were scheduled to announce future programme.

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