We Did Not Fire Tear Gas Inside Jamia: DGP

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Probing who is behind stone pelting, Geelani a free man

SRINAGAR: Terming the allegations that police lobbed teargas shells inside the Jamia Masjid as baseless, Director General Police K. Rajendra Saturday said police is investigating all the angles to know who is behind the stone pelting in old city and other parts of the valley.

“The allegations are baseless. Police has not lobbed any teargas shell inside the Jamia Masjid. It is a misinformation. Yes I can tell you that in order to disperse the stone pelters police was compelled to fire some teargas shots on the road side,” the DGP said.

He said Police is investigating all the angels to know who is behind the stone pelting in old city and other parts of the valley. “We are investigating. I have already said that most of the stone pelters are minors. We will identify them and counsel them. We will also call their parents. I hope police will soon control the stone pelting,” the DGP said.

He also said that Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani is a free man and police only takes him under ‘preventive custody’ when it receives reports that the situation could be disrupted.

When asked that Geelani has been saying that police was not allowing him to move out from his Hyderpora residence and is preventing him from offering Friday prayers, Rajendra said, “Geelani is a free man unless he disturbs the law and order situation. Geelani is free to offer Friday prayers but the only thing is that whenever he goes out from his residence for prayers the stone pelting starts there. But I can say that he is free to offer prayers.”

“We never stop him to go to hospital for treatment and no authority in the country can prevent him from following his religious duties but he should not instigate the youth for violence or stone pelting,” he added. (KNS)

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