Geelani placed under House arrest, Protesters face police action
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir: A crowd protesting outside the residence of Syed Ali Shah Geelani was dispersed by Police today after the separatist leader was placed under house arrest just before he was about to leave his residence to address a seminar in the State capital.
Yesterday, two other Kashmiri separatist leaders Shabbir Ahmed and Bilal Lone were taken into preventive custody on charges of attempting to disturb peace.
Geelani’s arrest comes close on the heels of the calling off of the NSA level talks scheduled for today between India and Pakistan. While India was firm that the talks should be restricted to terrorism and there should be no thid party involvement, Pakistan was keen to involve the Hurriyat leaders and discuss Kashmir.