‘Snatched his body, forcibly buried’: Geelani’s family allegedly barred from final rites


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None of the family members of Syed Ali Shah Geelani were allowed to attend his final rites as state officials “snatched his body and forcibly buried him”, reported Associated Press.

“They snatched his body and forcibly buried him. Nobody from the family was present for his burial. We tried to resist but they overpowered us and even scuffled with women,” Naseem Geelani, the son of the veteran pro-freedom leader, told the news agency.

The Press Trust of India news agency reported that officials buried Geelani’s body and disallowed any mass funeral in anticipation of anti-India protests.

Geelani was 92. He succumbed to prolonged illness at his residence in Srinagar’s Hyderpora, where he was kept under house detention for most of the last decade. He was buried 300 meters away from his home.

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