Geelani placed under house arrest in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 20: Authorities here have placed breakaway Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani under house arrest since last night, apprehending trouble in view of his scheduled visit to north Kashmir's Kupwara district, where a teacher was shot dead by soldiers yesterday, his aide said today.

Breakaway Hurriyat Conference spokesman Ayaz Akbar said Mr Geelani was scheduled to leave for Kupwara early this morning to attend an Eid-e-Milan there.

''The programme had been finalised last week only. Mr Geelani was also expected to visit the residence of Abdul Rashid Mir, a teacher who was killed by the Army yesterday,'' he added.

Mr Akbar said the authorities placed Mr Geelani under house arrest last night to prevent him from visiting the residence of the slain teacher.

He said a police contingent had been deployed in and around the Hurriyat chairman's residence at Hyderpora near here last night.

''When Mr Geelani was about to proceed to Kupwara this morning, the police personnel deployed there told him that he could not leave his house and directed him to stay inside,'' Mr Akbar added.


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