Hardline separatist leader arrested in Indian-controlled Kashmir

20:56, September 08, 2010      

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Senior separatist leader and chairman of Hardline separatist alliance- Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani was arrested by police on Wednesday in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said.

Geelani was arrested from his residence in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir and lodged in a police station.

"A police party reached his house and asked him to come along," said a Hurriyat activist said.

Prior to his arrest, Geelani addressed the press, saying " Resistance will continue until their demands are met."

Hurriyat Conference which is currently running a "Quit Kashmir movement" has threatened to intensify agitation in the region after Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Fitr (likely to fall on Saturday) if New Delhi fails to respond to its demands.

Recently the group set five conditions to pave way for restoration of peace in the region.

"India should accept Kashmir as an international dispute. We want complete demilitarization of the Valley, revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, release of political prisoners. Prime Minister of India should publicly commit and ensure practically that no killings and arrests do take place henceforth and troopers and policemen involved in killing of people should be tried for war crimes in Kashmir," Geelani has demanded.

Source: Xinhua


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