Geelani, Mirwaiz arrested, released

Srinagar, July 13 (IANS) Separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were on Wednesday arrested when they tried to march to the Martyrs’ graveyard breaking their house detention, police said.

However, both were released after a few hours and were put back in house detention at their respective residences.

The Huriyat leadership had called for a march on Wednesday to the graveyard at Naqshbandh Sahib in Srinagar.

Geelani, 87, was arrested when he came out of his barricaded Hyderpora residence and tried to walk towards the graveyard.

Mirwaiz, who tried to jump over the fence of his residence at Nigeen in Srinagar, was also arrested.

The Huriyat leadership has been issuing joint programmes since unrest broke out in the Kashmir Valley after the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Martyrs’ Day in Kashmir is observed on July 13 to mark the martyrdom of 21 people killed on July 13 1931.

Earlier, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her predecessor Omar Abdullah visited the graveyard to pay tributes to the people killed in 1931.

–IANS

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