Srinagar: The police on Friday barred the resistance leadership from offering Friday prayers and in-absentia funeral prayers for slain militants and civilians. Government forces sealed all roads leading to the historic Jamia Masjid where people had been asked to offer the in-absentia funeral prayers.
Octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani continued to be under house detention at his Hyderpora residence. Police in the morning detained Hurriyat (M) chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence.
A spokesperson of Geelani lashed out at the government and police. He said the police deployed outside Geelani’s residence informed his office that he cannot step out to offer congregational Friday prayers.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told Kashmir Reader that barring a few hours of relaxation on Thursday, “I have been detained (inside my residence) since May 5, when three militants were killed in Chattabal.”
A spokesperson of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) said that chairperson Muhammad Yasin Malik has been detained at Kothi Bagh police station since May 5.
Meanwhile, a resolution framed by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) that condemned the killing of civilians and militants in Shopian and Srinagar and also the “blinding and maiming” of scores of youth with pellets was adopted and unanimously passed at different places across Kashmir.
The resolution was passed at Jamia Masjid Hyderpora where Bashir Ahmed Qureshi represented Syed Ali Geelani, at Masjid Shareef Lal Bazar by Muhammad Shafi Khan on behalf of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and at Masjid-d-Shareef Maisuma by Sheikh Abdur Rashid on behalf of Muhammad Yasin Malik. In-absentia funeral prayers for the slain were also offered at these places.
Speakers at these gatherings expressed sympathies with the families of the slain and condemned the government action of caging the resistance leadership in jails and homes.