Mirwaiz Umer Farooq placed under house arrest in Srinagar

Srinagar, May 25 (IANS) The authorities placed Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group, under house arrest on Wednesday to prevent him from attending a separatist’ meeting over government plans to set up colony for ex-servicement in the state.

The Mirwaiz was placed under house arrest in his uptown Nigeen residence, police said in summer capital Srinagar.

Mirwaiz Umer was scheduled to attend a separatist called meeting to discuss the strategy for what the separatists call “resisting the government plans to form a Sainik (Ex-servicemen) colony in Kashmir”.

Separatists have also called for a protest shutdown on Thursday and on post Friday prayer protests to register protest against alleged moves of the central and the state government to allot land to ex-servicemen for setting up a colony in the Valley.



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