Mirwaiz Umer Farooq released from jail; placed under house arrest

Srinagar, Oct 24 (IANS) The authorities on Monday released Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group, from jail and placed him under house arrest here.

Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Umer Farooq’s secretary, said the Mirwaiz has been released from the Chashma Shahi tourist hut which was designated as a sub-jail and he reached his uptown Nigeen residence in Srinagar.

Shahid-ul-Islam said police had informed the Mirwaiz that he was being placed under house arrest.

Mirwaiz Umer was taken into custody by the authorities and placed under detention in a tourist hut in the high security Chashma Shahi area of Srinagar with the beginning of the present unrest in the Kashmir Valley on July 9 after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was gunned down by the security forces.