Geelani addresses Shopian rally, says “Will arrive on Monday”

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SRINAGAR: Thousands of people staged a massive demonstration in south Kashmir’s Shopian town demanding return of mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal to his family.

Protestors were carrying placards which read: ‘Execution of Afzal is the Execution of Justice’ ; ‘Give back the mortal remains of Afzal Guru’ and  ‘Hanging of Afzal is a blot on Democracy’.

Protestors shouting pro-freedom slogans marched through the streets on main town, eye witnesses told KNS.

The procession was led by the Hurriyat (G) District President Shakeel Ahmad, who later addressed people at Gol Chowk Shopian. He urged people to follow the programmes of MMM (Majlis-e-Masharawat – a joint commitee by various pro-freedom parties).

After his speech, Chairman Hurriyat Conference(G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani addressed people through telephone.

In his speech he urged people to protest peacefully against the alleged Indian oppression till the movement was taken to its logical end, “We have lost so many lives since 1947 and we don’t want to lose more, we have to protest against the atrocities but in a peaceful manner”, he added.

Geelani thanked people of Shopian for their continuous support to the freedom struggle and said, “We have to show the resistance in future also”.

“I’ll arrive on Monday, if Delhi Police allows me to travel back”, Geelani informed the listeners.

Later, the protesters dispersed peacefully.

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