Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been under house arrest in the region’s main city of Srinagar for several years [File: Adnan Abidi/Reuters]

A veteran separatist politician in Indian-administered Kashmir quit his hardline faction within an umbrella alliance of secessionists, saying it had failed to counter New Delhi’s efforts to tighten its grip on the disputed region.

The decision of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, 90, could further weaken the separatist cause after India last August scrapped a decades-old constitutional provision giving Jammu and Kashmir state special rights.

Geelani, who has been under house arrest in the region’s largest city, Srinagar, for several years, accused the faction he led within the umbrella Hurriyat Conference of inaction over New Delhi’s move in a two-page letter and

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