Omar offers chopper, Geelani says no thank you

SRINAGAR: State Government Wednesday offered state chopper to ferry Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani to New Delhi for treatment. Geelani has however declined the offer and instead send a thank you note to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

Officials here said that on the directions of Chief Minister,  Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar and Budgam Farooq Ahmed Shah and Khurshid Ahmed visited the Hyderpora residence of ailing Hurriyat leader and offered the service. 

Sources said that both the officials sat with the ailing separatist leader for half an hour and conveyed Chief Ministers concern about his health. 

Sources said that Geelani rejected their offer and thanked them for this  gesture. 

When contacted, Hurriyat (G) spokesperson Ayaz Akbar said that DC Srinagar and DC Budgam arrived at Geelani’s Hyderpora residence and requested him to use the service of government chopper. “Geelani sahib rejected their offer and said that the move cannot be justified at a time when he along with millions of Kashmiri people is up in arms against India and its mainstream politicians who leave no stone unturned to make the Indian rule strong here,” he said. 

 CNS quoting one of the bureaucrats reported that they went to Geelani Sahab’s residence on the directions of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to inquire about his health. “He (Geelani) is stable and people should not believe in rumours,” he said.   

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