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Jammu, December 15
The Jammu and Kashmir government is to lift the house arrest restrictions of top separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in the next few days, according to reliable sources here.
Geelani has been under house arrest since early this year and he was not allowed to move out of his Hyderpora residence even during Friday prayers . The sources said this decision, which may be announced any time , is directly related to the separatists’ opening up to the ideas of relenting on the rigidness of their agitation , as also the growing sense of normalcy among the people.
This would be a sort of reciprocation by the government to the much relaxed calendar of the separatists and their virtual calling off the agitation of general strikes and street protests by this month-end. The agitation that started after the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahadeen Commander Burhan Wani on July 8 had caused a huge loss to the Valley .
As Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has herself admitted that there has been “ use of excessive force” in the maintenance of law and order in the five months, the release of the separatist leaders and thereafter the stone throwers is part of the renewed “ healing touch” announced by her at a police passing out parade in Lethpora, Pulwama , in south Kashmir on Wednesday.
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