SRINAGAR (AFP) - A top Kashmiri leader in Kashmir was put under house arrest Friday to prevent protests against Indian rule during weekly prayers, police and officials said. Police deployed at Syed Ali Geelanis residence in Srinagar late on Thursday and he was ordered not to attempt to break their cordon, his close aide Aiyaz Akbar told reporters. The ailing Geelani, 79, had been set free by police on Wednesday after serving a three-month jail sentence for organising protests against a double rape and murder case that has fuelled discontent here. The latest detention came hours after he led scores of Kashmiris in an anti-India demonstration in Srinagar. It is a preventive arrest to avoid any law and order problem, a police official told AFP on condition he not be named. Police and federal paramilitaries were also deployed in Srinagar ahead of the Friday prayers. Geelani heads the hardline faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference and he favours Kashmirs merger with Pakistan. Last year, the hardliner led some of the biggest anti-India demonstrations in Occupied Kashmir that left more than 50 protesters dead, mostly in police shootings. Muslim-majority Kashmir has been the scene of a nearly two-decade insurgency against New Delhis rule that has so far claimed more than 47,000 lives.