India: Hardline leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani barred from holding press conference in Kashmir?

Geelani had earlier said that talks with New Delhi are bound to fail unless 'gravity and intensity of the Kashmir issue is agreed upon'. Photograph:( AFP )

Srinagar Sep 09, 2016, 06.57 AM (IST)
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman, was barred from holding press conference today in the capital city of Kashmir Valley in India. 

According to local media reports, the journalists who had reached the residence of Kashmir's key separatist leader were forced to leave the Hyderpora area of Srinagar city where the residence is located after police foiled the press conference. 

The separatist leader had called a presser at his residence where he has been under house arrest for the past three days, according to media reports as unrest in the Valley continues after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Geelani said talks with New Delhi are bound to fail till the "gravity and intensity of the Kashmir issue is agreed upon.''

"We have a clear and simple stand that unless the gravity and intensity of the Kashmir issue is not agreed upon, any negotiations or talks are bound to fail. People have met, had photo shoot, then a cup of tea for so many decades but our bloodshed did not stop," he had said.  

Meanwhile, curfew was reimposed in many parts of Kashmir for maintaining law and order ahead of Friday prayers as normal life remained paralysed for 63rd consecutive day. At least 76 people have been killed and over 11,000 injured in the worst unrest in the valley after 2010 violence.

(WION with inputs from agencies)