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Govt foils sit-in programme of separatists
SRINAGAR, Mar 13: Authorities today placed several separatist leaders under house arrest to foil their sit-in protest demonstration to highlight the plight of prisoners in the Valley.

Authorities also imposed restrictions in and around Gaw Kadal and Maisuma areas to prevent the separatist supporters and their leaders to hold sit-in protest demonstration.

Several separatist leaders and their supporters were detained by police when they tried to hold protest demonstration as per their programme in Gaw Kadal.

Holding banners and placards in their hands, the joint leadership of separatist parties assembled near Gaw Kadal and shouted pro freedom slogans. A large deployment of police did not allow them to hold protest and were detained by them.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest at his Nigeen residence. Mirwaiz was supposed to take part in the joint sit-in program. JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and Asiya Andrabi were placed under preventive detention on Sunday. Shabir Ahmad Shah and Syed Ali Shah Geelani also continue to be under house arrest.

Police imposed restrictions around Gaw Kadal area to prevent Hurriyat leadership from organising their sit-in protest demonstration against the plight of prisoners in different jails of the state.

Security forces and state police personnel, wearing bullet proof jackets and headgear and holding automatic weapons and lathis besides shields in their hands had been deployed in the Lal Chowk area.

All roads leading to Maisuma, in the heart of the city were sealed with barbed wire. Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed in strength to prevent any demonstration. Security forces had closed the road with barbed wire at Budshah Chowk, Gaw Kadal and Red Cross road.

Hilal War and Shahid-ul-Islam were also placed under preventive detention.

The spokesperson of Hurriyat (M) Shahid-ul-Islam has also been put under house arrest.

News Updated at : Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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