Srinagar: Factions of the Hurriyat Conference Wednesday staged protests here demanding an impartial probe into the killing of youths during street violence between 2008 and 2010.
While several activists of the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference were detained during a demonstration at Press Enclave in the heart of the city the chairman of the parallel Hurriyat faction
Syed Ali Shah Geelani led a sit-in at Hyderpora on Srinagar-airport road after police barred the amalgam from holding a seminar on the issue.
The protests coincided with the 4th death anniversary of Tufail Ahmad Matoo, a teenager whose death in police action in downtown Srinagar triggered the unrest in 2010.
Prominent among those who were detained by police at the Press Enclave included Javid Ahmad Mir, Yasmeen Raja , Syed Bashir Andrabi, Imtiyaz Reshi, Jaffar Kashmiri and other leaders of the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat
Geelani, who is under house arrest at his Hyderpora residence, had convened a seminar on the killings.
He broke the police cordon after the law enforcing agencies did not allow the invitees, including leaders of another Hurriyat faction—the Shabir Shah-led Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir—to attend the seminar.
Geelani, Shah, Nayeem Khan and others staged a sit-in at the main road for nearly half-an-hour to press for an impartial and transparent probe into the killings.