A vexed Opposition had gone all prepared for the all-party meeting on Kashmir to corner the government on reports of curbs on Hurriyat leaders. However, when Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue saying the scope of discussion was limited because government had already planned to take such steps, home minister Rajnath Singh outrightly rejected the reports.
Home ministry sources were quoted on Tuesday as saying that government may harden its stand towards separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir on their foreign travel and scale down their security. While the Union home minister, a day later, denied any such move, sources in Srinagar said that only eight Hurriyat leaders live with security cover after a “threat assessment by government itself”. However, Syed Ali Geelani who is under house detention since 2010 and has been only allowed to move to New Delhi in winters, has no security at all. “J&K Police have been deployed outside his Hyderpora residence and have not allowed him to move out of his house for the last six years,” said a Geelani aide.
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