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Hurriyat demands Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s release

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Srinagar: The moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday alleged that its leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was still under house-arrest and demanded his release.

The amalgam contested Union Minister of State G Kishan Reddy’s statement in Parliament that no person is currently under house-arrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement issued here, it claimed that a police vehicle has been permanently stationed outside the Mirwaiz’s Nigeen residence since August 2019 and he is not allowed to move out.

“If that is not house-arrest, then what is? If he (Mirwaiz) is not under house-arrest, then why is he not allowed to come out of his house? Mirwaiz will complete one-and-a-half years house detention on February 05,” the Hurriyat said.

It said instead of such “misleading statements”, the authorities should immediately end the house detention of the Mirwaiz and also “release unconditionally” others arrested in the wake of August 05, 2019 decisions.

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