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JKLF chief released from house arrest

July 27, 2009 16:20 IST
Authorities on Monday lifted restrictions on the movement of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik, who has been under house arrest in Srinagar for the past three months.

A police party deployed at Maisuma residence of Malik since April 23 was withdrawn on Monday morning and within hours of his release the separatist leader left for Handwara in Kupwara district of North Kashmir to meet the people affected by a storm there, officials said.

A woman was killed and hundreds of structures were damaged in Handwara township, 80 kms from Srinagar, on Sunday evening as high speed wind uprooted trees and electric poles.

JKLF spokesman Altaf Khan said after lifting of restrictions Malik, alongwith 13-member party team, left for Handwara.

Malik was placed under house arrest on April 23, two days after he kick-started the party's anti-election campaign in Pulwama district of South Kashmir.

He was briefly released at the end of five-phased parliamentary elections in May but was placed under house arrest again following protests over alleged human rights violations.

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