Clashes break out between police and Geelani supporters in Anantnag


Scenes of a ruckus have emerged from Jammu and Kashmir after clashes broke out between police and separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s supporters on Friday. The leader was being stopped from addressing a rally in the Anantnag region of J&K.

“As Geelani tried to leave for south Kashmir, he was detained by a large posse of police who were stationed outside his residence at Hyderpora,” said a Hurriyat spokesperson.

Geelani, who belongs to the Hardline Hurriyat Conference, was scheduled to address a public gathering in Anantnag and had announced plans of offering Friday prayers there.

Dozens of other Hurriyat leaders are also reported to have been detained along with Geelani.

Geelani has been under arrest since his arrival to J&K from New Delhi on April 15 this year barring two occasions. The leader was allowed to go to Tral to address a rally on May 1 and he later visited the Passport Office in Srinagar for registering his passport application.

Then, on June 14, Geelani wasn’t allowed to conduct a seminar on the topic ‘How to Resist the Indian State Fascism’, in which eminent people such as  Dal Khalsa leader Kanwarpal Singh, Akali Dal leader Simranjit Singh Mann and human rights activist Gautam Navlakha were invited.