Srinagar: Police on Thursday placed under house arrest several leaders of the Hurriyat Conference (G) to scuttle a seminar on the West Pakistan Refugees (WPR) issue called by the amalgam.
A posse of policemen was deployed outside the residence-cum-office of Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani at Hyderpora here, where the seminar was scheduled to be held, eyewitnesses said.
The cops had placed most of the leaders of the amalgam, including Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) general secretary Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah and Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal under house arrest to scuttle the seminar.
Hurriyat (JK) leader Shabir Shah, who was also scheduled to address the seminar, was restricted to his house by the police, reports said.
Geelani, who is in New Delhi for health check up, was scheduled to deliver telephonic address in the seminar in which other constituents of the Hurriyat, civil society members and representatives of Kashmir Bar Association were also expected.
Meanwhile, Geelani has termed the restrictions on the seminar as “worst example of the state terrorism” and called for peaceful protests after the Friday prayers, a Hurriyat spokesman said in a handout.
Geelani expressed surprise over the attitude of the state administration and police and accused them of “being hand in glove with the BJP government to execute their plans.” He said the speakers had to discuss the WPRs issue and present their viewpoint.
“The seminar was to be held within the four walls of the conference hall and it would not have affected the traffic movement on the roads and nor would have it affected the normal life of the people,” Geelani said.
He said the implementation of the panel recommendations will provide legal justification for “the illegal and forced occupation of Kashmir, which is unacceptable to us.”