Curbs on Mirwaiz's movement lifted after 19 months: Aide

The government Thursday lifted restrictions on the movement of Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who was placed under house arrest in August 2019 following the abrogation of Article 370.

“The Police has informed the Mirwaiz that there are no restrictions on his movement anymore and that he is free to visit Jamia Masjid on Friday,” Press Trust of India quoted a close aide of the Hurriyat Chairman as saying.

However, the administration neither confirmed nor denied the claim made by the Mirwaiz’s aide.

The Mirwaiz was among hundreds of political leaders – both separatist and mainstream – who were taken into custody or placed under house arrest as Government of India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Indian constitution 19 months ago.

While most leaders were released by March last year, some including the Mirwaiz continued to be under detention.