J&K Police releases videos of Geelani’s last rites, says family resorted to ‘anti-national activities’

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday released videos of the last rites of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and said that his family members resorted to anti-national activities “probably under pressure from Pakistan and miscreants”.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police has said its officers were made to wait for three hours at separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s house when they went there for his burial. J&K Police also said Geelani’s family members resorted to anti-national activities “probably under pressure from Pakistan and miscreants”.

In a series of tweets on Monday evening, Kashmir Zone Police released videos to show that 91-year-old Geelani was laid to rest as per the rituals in the intervening night of September 1 and 2.

“After the death of SAS Geelani, IGP Kashmir Shri Vijay Kumar met both of his sons at their residence at 11 pm, condoled them and requested for burial in the night for the larger interest of the general public due to potential major L&O (law and order) situations. Both agreed and asked to wait for two hours until relatives reached,” the police said on its Twitter handle.

The IGP Kashmir personally spoke to a few relatives and assured them of safe passage, it said.

Police said three hours after Geelani’s death, both his sons were under “pressure from Pakistan and miscreants, behaved differently and wrapped dead body in a Pakistani flag, made loud sloganeering in favour of Pakistan while instigating neighbours to come out”.

Geelani passed away at his residence on September 1. After his death, authorities imposed restrictions in the Valley and snapped mobile and internet services.

Geelani’s body was buried in a graveyard near his residence at Hyderpora before sunrise on September 2. Geelani’s family has alleged that the police forcibly took away his body and carried out the burial even before their relatives could reach Srinagar.

However, Kashmir Zone Police said after persuasion, the relatives brought the body to the graveyard and performed all rituals “with due respect in presence of members of Intezamia Committee and local imam”.

“The refusal of both his sons to come to the graveyard indicated their loyalty to the Pakistani agenda rather than their love and respect for their departed father,” it said.

Geelani’s sons later offered Fathia (prayers offered at the funeral) at 11 am on September 2.

A video of Geelani’s body wrapped in a Pakistani flag had gone viral on social media. Following this, a case was filed by the J&K Police under the stringent UAPA.

Source: India Today

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