Srinagar | Chairman of hardline Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani was again put under house arrest last evening after being allowed to visit the office of Regional Passport Officer (ROP) in connection with his passport.
However, Hurriyat spokesman Aiyaz Akbar, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chief Shabir Ahmad Shah and National Front (NF) chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan have been released.
Mr Akbar said that Mr Geelani was again put under house arrest after restrictions were lifted yesterday morning allowing him to appear in the ROP office.
Mr Geelani had applied for a passport online and was asked to appear on June 5 to complete the formalities by the RPO. However, Hurriyat had said that until restrictions on the amalgam chairman were not lifted, he (Geelani) will not visit in RPO.
Mr Geelani and his wife wanted to visit their ailing daughter in Saudi Arabia, where she is staying with her husband.
Mr Akbar said Geelani later visited the RPO and also offered Friday prayers at a local mosque in Hyderpora area, for the first time since his return from Delhi on April 15.
The Hurriyat Spokesman, who was put under house arrest before restrictions were lifted on Mr Geelani, said later in the evening security forces and state police personnel were again deployed outside his (Geelani’s) Hyderpora residence.
”But when Geelani was put under house arrest, I was released,” Mr Akbar said.
Barring yesterday’s relaxation, Geelani remained under house arrest for the past more than one-and-a-half months, he said and criticized the authorities.
Mr Geelani had said that he was not an Indian by birth but seeking Indian passport was a compulsion.
Meanwhile, Shabir Shah and Nayeem Khan, who were also put under house arrest on June 3, have been released. Khan said restrictions on him and Shah were lifted last night.
However, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik and other front leaders arrested during Jail Bharo launched by the front last week remain under custody.
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