Srinagar: For the 17th consecutive Eid, the 89-year-old Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani was barred from offering congregational Eid prayers in Srinagar.
Geelani tried to step out of his residence at Hyderpora on Eid-ul-Fitr but was stopped by a massive deployment of police outside.
A senior Hurriyat (G) leader said that it was for the 17th consecutive Eid that Geelani had not been allowed to participate in public prayers.
Geelani was scheduled to offer Eid prayers at the Eidgah, where tens of thousands of Kashmiris offered prayers. Senior resistance leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed the people at Eidgah.
The Hurriyat (G) leader said that soon after the Eid prayers ended, people started assembling at the residence of Geelani to greet him.
He said that since 2010, state governments have kept Geelani under house arrest. “Two armoured vehicles have been posted at the main entrance of Geelani’s residence, making it impossible for him to move out,” he said.
“The police locked the main gate from outside. Despite our best efforts, we could not succeed in taking Geelani out for the Eid Namaz,” he added.