New Delhi, Mar 31: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday, March 31, lifted restrictions on the movement of separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik. Also Read - 3 Local BJP Leaders Killed by Militants in Kashmir’s Kulgam, Resistance Front Claims Responsibility
Restrictions were imposed on the movement of separatist leaders after violence was witnessed in the valley soon after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in July 2016. Also Read - Entire Jammu and Kashmir Has Been Converted Into a Jail: Mehbooba Mufti Slams Centre
On Friday, after eight years, Geelani walked outside his home to offer prayers at a mosque. He also addressed the people gathered at the mosque. His supporters raised slogans in his favour and even followed him to his house. Also Read - Terror-funding Case: NIA Continues Raids in Srinagar And Delhi; NGOs And Trusts Searched
There were also reports of stone pelting on security forces. The stone pelters were dispersed using smoke and tear gas. No one was reported to be injured in the clash.
Geelani and other separatist leaders had been asking the government to give them political space so that they could carry out their political activities.
Geelani has been under house arrest for last eight years. During this period he was allowed visits to a hospital in Srinagar and travel to Delhi only for medical treatment. He was also the chief of Tehrik-e-Hurriyat (TeH), launched in 2004.