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Separatists’ Delhi march halted

| | Srinagar | in Sunday Pioneer

The authorities on Saturday disallowed the separatist trio of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik to proceed to New Delhi to hold protest against National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) arrest spree of Kashmiri separatist leaders and businessmen. The separatists had announced to court arrest at NIA headquarters in Delhi.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeted that the authorities detained him and other separatist leaders to stop them from ‘exposing the NIA action’.

While Syed Ali Geelani continued to remain under house detention, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest. Yasin Malik was arrested late last night. A local news agency quoting police said the leaders were mobilising people for a rally that would have created law and order problems in the summer capital.

It said the separatists were mobilising people to take out a rally from Jamia Masjid and Maisuma to Hyderpora before moving towards New Delhi. As a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, the authorities imposed restrictions under Section 144 in all sensitive areas falling under five police stations of Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj and Safa Kadal in old City and Maisuma police station in uptown in summer capital Srinagar. The move affected the normal life activities in the areas including business and schooling of the children also.

Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik on Wednesday had announced they would hold a protest march against NIA raids, arrests of Hurriyat leaders and businessmen in Kashmir and court arrest at NIA headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday September 9.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had announced they will first halt at Syed Ali Geelani’s residence in Hyderpora and then leave for airport for onward journey to Delhi.

 
 
 

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