: A spokesperson of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq told The Hindu over phone that he had been detained at his Kalkaji residence. “He had plans to visit Jammu and Kashmir, but the police have put him under house arrest and his mobile phone has been seized,” alleged his aide.

A couple of hours after news about Afzal’s execution broke, it is alleged that men in plainclothes descended on the first-floor residence of Syed Ali Shah Geelani at Khirki Extension in Malviya Nagar. One of his aides alleged that the mobile phones of Mr. Geelani and his son were seized and Mr. Geelani forcibly taken to Apollo Hospital. The Hurriyat leader has been undergoing treatment in a Delhi hospital since December.

Lecturer S.A.R. Geelani, who was acquitted in the Parliament attack case, also alleged that he was detained by the Special Cell while he was on his way to Jantar Mantar where a demonstration had been organised to protest against Afzal’s hanging. He claimed that he was dropped back home at 10 p.m. He alleged that the police had plans to keep him under house arrest.

“I was on my way to Jantar Mantar when I was surrounded by the Special Cell personnel and later detained. I am not sure if I am going to be allowed to leave my house in the next few days because I suspect they don’t want me to talk to anyone, especially the media,” Mr. Geelani told The Hindu , minutes after he was released from detention.

More In: OPEN PAGE | FEATURES