Separatist Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest on Friday. He was heading towards Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area for the Friday prayers.
A spokesman of the Hurriyat chairman said that Mirwaiz was stopped by policemen from leaving his residence and informed that he was placed under house arrest.
Mirwaiz was heading to Jamia Masjid to deliver a sermon ahead of prayers, he added.
The step was taken in order to maintain law and order situation in view of the protest call given by the Hurriyat after Friday prayers, a police official said.
Meanwhile, restrictions were imposed in Srinagar on Friday by the authorities as a security measure against protests by separatist groups over the United States’ decision to declare Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist.
With PTI inputs.