Geelani not allowed to offer absentia funeral for slain youth: Hurriyat (G)

Srinagar: Police on Monday didn’t allow the funeral prayers in absentia for the slain militants and youth, in Hyderpora today. Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani had called people to offer absentia funeral prayers of slain youth, but police authorities scuttled the move, a Hurriyat (G) spokesperson in a statement issued to GNS said.

He said soon as Syed Ali Geelani attempted to come out of his residence to offer funeral in absentia, he was stopped by police.

He said that Geelani is not only a political personality, but a religious preacher as well and keeping him away from people’s political, religious and social issues is ample proof of this part of land being governed by “an autocratic, undemocratic and unjustified rule”.

“It tantamount to interference in religious matters,” he said adding authorities are suffering from arrogance and frustration.

Referring to the statement of DGP, wherein he said that Geelani is free now, Hurriyat (G) spokesperson said that their rhetoric for freedom of speech proved hoax as political and religious leaders are continuously caged and political space denied.

Meanwhile, blaming Indian authorities for their arrogance and stubborn attitude, Geelani in a statement issued to GNS said, “Our youth are taking arms to put an end to slavery and this barbarity. It is not just a passion however a growing resentment among youth and it is the outcome of unresolved Kashmir issue, unending curbs on political activities, stubborn attitude and has created political uncertainty in the state.”

“Our youth are quite disheartened as peaceful activities are denied. The insensitivity and unconcern of authorities in New Delhi is the sole reason for this unabated bloodshed. Youth have no option but to resent this age-old slavery and take arms to defend their rights,” he said.

Geelani also expressed his deep anguish over the fresh wave of detaining leaders and reiterated that such “oppressive” measures will not succeed in crushing the people’s spirit.

“Mohd Ashraf Sehrai and Mohd Ashraf Laya have been placed under house arrest and Hurriyat spokesperson Gh Ahmad Gulzar, Bilal Sidiqee and Umer Adil Dar are lodged in different police stations,” the statement said.

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