‘Deep-rooted paranoia’: Mehbooba hits out at GOI for booking Geelani’s family

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PDP President Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday hit out at the government of India saying that booking of Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s family under UAPA shows the centre’s paranoia and ruthlessness.

Taking to her Twitter handle, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmi said, “Having turned Kashmir into an open air prison, now even the dead aren’t spared.A family isn’t allowed to mourn & bid a final farewell as per their wishes. Booking Geelani sahab’s family under UAPA shows GOI’s deep rooted paranoia & ruthlessness.This is New India’s Naya Kashmir.”

Police Saturday lodged an FIR against the family members of deceased Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani and others for raising anti-national slogans and putting Pakistani flag on the body of Geelani.

A police official told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that Police Station Budgam had registered FIR against the “family members of Syed Ali Shah Geelani along with other elements for raising anti-national slogans and resorting to other anti-national activities” (putting Pakistani flag on the body) after the Hurriyat leader’s death at his home. The official said the case under FIR number 277/2021 US/ 353, IPC, 13 ULA,P, dated 2/9/2021.

Geelani, 92, passed away on Wednesday evening at his Hyderpora residence after prolonged illness. The family members had alleged that police snatched the body of Geelani in the dead of the night and buried him silently, a charge out rightly refuted by the police. A video showing Pakistani flag over the body of Geelani had gone viral on social media.

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