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Geelani released as HC quashes detention order

September 10, 2009 01:17 IST

Hardline separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani who had been arrested under the draconian public safety act was released by the authorities on Wednesday evening, following quashing of the detention order by the state high court.

Geelani was arrested in June this year in the wake of the valleywide protests and agitation following the rape and murder of two young women in south Kashmir's Shopian town on May 30.

He had been lodged in a tourist hut in the high security Cheshmashahi area of the city after the authorities had declared it as a sub-jail for the purpose of detaining him.

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar