Srinagar: The authorities on Friday stopped a scheduled press conference by senior hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, officials said. Geelani had called a press conference at his uptown Hyderpora residence in Srinagar where he has been placed under house arrest.
By sealing off Hyderpora locality converting the whole area in to a military garrison. Geelani was scheduled to address a press conference at his residence at 11 am. The police, however, blocked the road leading to Geelani's residence and didn't allow reporters and photojournalists to reach the venue.
Geelani, who shut the doors of his residence on a group of MPs from the all party delegation, who wanted to meet him and have talks on how to end the ongoing unrest in Kashmir few days back, said on Thursday he was not against dialogue but will not participate in any "meaningless exercise" that is not aimed at solving the Kashmir issue.
He accused the Centre and the PDP-BJP government of unleashing a "rein of terror" on the people instead of taking into account the "unmatched sacrifices" rendered by them. Miffed over the cold shoulder treatment given by separatists to the Members of Parliament, who were part of the all-party delegation that visited the state, the Centre is considering moves to curb their foreign travel by withdrawing their passports and denying travel documents in some cases.
Besides these, the Centre will also scrutinise their bank accounts and complete pending investigations in cases against them so a strong message goes around that those provoking youths in Kashmir Valley to create disturbance since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 will not be spared, government sources said.