Mirwaiz Umar Farooq placed under house arrest

Srinagar, March 22

Jammu and Kashmir authorities have placed senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest here on Friday.

The development comes ahead of post-Friday prayers protests called by separatists against the custodial death of Rizwan Asad Pandit, a 28-year-old private schoolteacher, on Monday.

On Thursday, National Conference leaders Ali Muhammad Sagar, Nasir Sogami and others carried out a protest march from the Nawa-e-Subha party headquarters here demanding stern action against those responsible for Pandit’s death.

According to the police, Pandit was arrested last week in connection with a militancy-related case. IANS

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