Press Trust of India
Srinagar, 8 February: Authorities in Kashmir valley today put hardline Hurriyat leader Mr Syed Ali Shah Geelani under house arrest immediately after his arrival at the airport here from New Delhi where he had gone for a health check-up.
“Geelani was arrested at the airport by a police party immediately after his arrival and taken in police custody to his Hyderpora residence where he was told that he cannot move out,” Hurriyat spokesman Mr Ayaz Akbar said here.
Mr Geelani had gone to New Delhi for a medical check-up on 21 January and had announced that he would return to the Valley this week for the death anniversaries of Mohammad Afzal Guru and Mohammad Maqbool Bhat.
Mr Akbar said Mr Geelani’s residence was barricaded since morning and no one was being allowed to go inside or move out.
“A large contingent of police barricaded the Geelani’s residence early in the morning today and no one is being allowed to come out or go in to meet him (Geelani),” he said.
Hurriyat has called for a three-day shutdown from tomorrow to press for the demands to return back the mortal remains of Guru and Bhat.
Mr Geelani is also scheduled to chair a seminar on 12 February at his residence.