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Mirwaiz remains in house arrest: Hurriyat | India News


SRINAGAR: Two days after J&K authorities released the chairman of the moderate All Parties Hurriyat Conference faction, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, from house arrest, APHC said on Friday that its leader remains under house arrest despite the announcement.
Mirwaiz, like many other J&K politicians, was placed under house arrest in August 2019 when the Center removed the old state’s special status.
Issuing a statement, APHC said: “Government authorities retracted their decision … Late last Thursday night, police officers visited Mirwaiz’s residence (in Nigeen in the Hazratbal area of ​​Srinagar) to let you know that he is still under house arrest, and will not be allowed to go to Jamia Masjid for Friday prayers and Majlis waz-o-tableeg. ”
Later speaking to TOI, Mirwaiz said: “The authorities deployed additional forces outside my home on Friday morning to prevent me from going to Jamia Masjid for Friday sermons.”
He described the government’s action as unjustified and dictatorial, as he was initially hinted that he would be released and was later prevented from leaving his home.
“Recently, the Minister of State for the Interior had categorically declared in Parliament that no one at J&K is under house arrest. If so, why are the Mirwaiz still in detention? Hurriyat asked in his statement.
He said this “compelling decision” by the authorities has hurt people’s feelings and further aggravated them “as they anxiously awaited Mirwaiz’s release from arbitrary house arrest.”
Meanwhile, several people were injured in sporadic stoning incidents around Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta after Friday prayers. The police had to resort to loading cane and even used tear gas canisters to disperse the mob, according to reports.

Times of India