Srinagar:Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who was placed under house arrest last evening by authorities, on Friday ‘warned’ the government to face stir “if the political prisoners and youth who are languishing in jails are not released before Eid”.
Srinagar: Geelani who was scheduled to visit Martyrs Graveyard here today was placed under house arrest along with many other pro-resistance leaders.
In a hurriedly called press conference at his house today, Geelani said, “I warn the government that if they do not release political prisoners and youth by Eid they should be ready to face our agitation.”
He also sought support from the traders and businessman community ‘to make his agitation successful’.
“If the government does not relent and imposes restrictions on pro-resistance leaders we would be forced to issue a protest programme after Eid,” Geelani said.
Clashes in parts of Old City
Clashes erupted between youth and government forces Friday after the congregational prayers ended at the historic Jamia Masjid and adjacent areas in Old City here. Eyewitness said that scores of youth took to streets and tried to march through the main road when police and paramilitary CRPF in Nowhatta stopped them.
The youth they said were commemorating “Martyrs Day” the call for which was given by Hurriayt Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Angry youth hurled stones at the forces triggering clashes that were continuing when reports last came in.
Reports said, forces allegedly beat up a photojournalist identified as Showkat Shafi while he was covering protests.
He is being held inside Nowhatta police station, eyewitnesses said.
A statement issued here by the police said: “Few miscreants after Friday prayers attempted to disrupt peace and resorted to stone pelting in Nowhatta area.”
Police, however, “exercised restraint while dealing with the situation and chased them away”, the statement said adding no one was hurt in the incident.
From KD Umer Beigh/JUNAID RATHER