Kashmir Muslim leaders under Indian house arrest

Those under house arrest included the chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and another popular Muslim leader, Shabir Shah.

Kashmir Muslim leaders under Indian house arrest

Indian police placed three Kashmiri Muslim leaders under house arrest on Friday as they prepared to lead protests against Hindu attacks on Muslims and an economic blockade by Hindu demonstrators.

Hindus in Kashmir's winter capital of Jammu, demanding the state government transfer forest land to a Hindu shrine trust, have attacked Muslims' lorries carrying supplies to the Kashmir valley.

Those under house arrest included the chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and another popular Muslim leader, Shabir Shah.

The controversy over the issue of land for a Hindu trust has polarised Kashmir, split between the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley and the Hindu-dominated region around Jammu city.

Jammu, winter capital of the Kashmiri Muslims, is under curfew for most of the week because of Hindu protests and attacks.

"They were scheduled to lead protest demonstrations after Friday prayers. For precautionary measures they have been placed under house arrest," Imtiyaz Ahmad, a police official said, referring to three senior Muslim leaders.

Police arrested the leaders to try and defuse protests they claim could turn violent.

Although the land has owned Muslims also Kashmir government had promised to give forest land to the trust that runs Amarnath, a cave shrine visited by Hindu pilgrims. Many Muslims were enraged.

The government then backed down on its decision.


Reuters

Last Mod: 08 Ağustos 2008, 14:24
Add Comment