Ratanpuri denied ‘meet in isolation’ with Geelani


By News Desk

A day after the relatives of Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani accused authorities in New Delhi of imposing severe restrictions on him, National Conference leader and Member Parliament, Gulam Nabi Ratanpuri was Sunday denied a meet in isolation with the octogenarian leader at New Delhi.

The first time MP from South Kashmir told KNS over phone that he was not allowed to meet the aged couple at their Malviya Nagar residence where Geelani has been put under house arrest since February 09, soon after parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru was secretly executed.

“They did not allow me to talk to him in isolation even after I revealed my identity to them. But ironically when they allowed me, I was kept on the door and Geelani was told to talk to me in presence of the police personnel ‘as if I was a suspect’”, Ratanpuri told KNS over phone from New Delhi.

He said that his repeated calls to Delhi Police Commissioner were left unanswered which made the situation even more embarrassing for him.

Ratanpuri said that Geelani had not been served any formal orders for detention by police in the national capital. “He told me that no orders had been served to him and that he had been illegally detained,” Ratanpuri said.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police on Sunday denied any direct role in the decision making regarding Geelani’s house detention at New Delhi, saying, ‘imposing restrictions on the Hurriyat leader was not their unilateral decision, and the ailing leader would be released’.

“We did not take this decision on our own”, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told KNS over Phone on Sunday. He was responding to a query as to why the Delhi Police was not revisiting the decision even after Hurriyat (G) had withheld their protest program last week.

The Delhi Police commissioner, however, did not elaborate as to who the final decision making authority was on the affairs relating to Geelani in New Delhi. He added that he would try to find out the facts regarding the issue.
Pertinently J&K Police Chief Ashok Prasad had a few days back said that if Geelani faction of Hurriyat desisted from issuing Protest Calendars, State Police would have no objection in removing curbs on Geelani’s movement.
However Kumar told KNS that he would look into the matter, when asked for a word on the Ratanpuri Incident. “I will find out the facts and get back to you.”  Police Commissioner told KNS.

Meanwhile, close relatives of Geelani today demanded that the ailing separatist leader be shifted to Srinagar in view of his health issues.

“We are deeply concerned regarding his health and we want to keep track of his health. We have no contact with Geelani Sahab. If Omar Abdullah Govt is happy in keeping him under detention, so be it. But they should shift him to Srinagar”, demanded one of the relatives.

The relatives of Geelani claimed that the Hurriyat (G) Chairman had been detained and strict restriction imposed on him on the instance of State Government. (KNS)

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