‘State Police Heartless, Arrogant’: Geelani

Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) chairperson, Syed Ali Geelani, on Wednesday lashed out at J&K police authorities for detaining 31 youth in Nutnoosa (Kupwara) and shifting them to Baramulla and Handwara jails.

In a statement, the octogenarian leader termed the police action as “state sponsored terrorism”. “This sheer lawlessness illustrates the egoistic and autocratic behaviour of state authorities,” he said.

“Ridiculing” police for its “heartless approach”, Geelani said that it is injustice that mourners are barred from sharing their grief for “martyrs” and even were not allowed to offer their last rituals. “It is shocking that police have filed cases against those who participated in their funeral prayers, were convicted and detained,” Geelani said.

Meanwhile, the hurriyat patriarch expressed anguish over the “thrashing” of students and teaching staff in Lassipora area of Pulwama and said there are distressing reports from parts of northern Kashmir that forces are creating situation “horrifying” like that of nineties.

Urging for the immediate release of Nutnoosa youth, Geelani said that authorities have converted state into big jail and every soul here feels insecure in such “horrifying” circumstances.

“Forces, police and other agencies feel free and unaccountable for their misdeeds. It is quite strange that those carrying the dead bodies of martyrs were implicated and lodged in jail.”

Referring to some top police officers, Geelani, according to the statement said that they are “harassing the civilian population and taking undue advantage of their posts and positions”.

Referring to youth detained in Nutnoosa, Geelani said that police have no honour for human values and instead of performing their assigned duties are “manhandling” civilians and resorting to “arrogance”.

Geelani said that differences if any with the dead, do come to end as soon as he breaths his last and every society pay their due reverence to the dead even if he figures among their enemy. “In every society true & honourable rituals are offered for dead and it is the true essence of a civilized society.

He said those officers who arrested youth in Nutnoosa seem to be ill-informed about this and are doing this “bullying simply for awards and rewards”.

Geelani expressed concern over the manhandling and “thrashing” of teachers and students of coaching centers in Lasipora Pulwama and said that it has badly affected the routine life of common civilians there. They have laid curbs on their movement and during frisking are subjected to “humiliation”.

Geelani said that forces on one pretext or the other are frisking, searching and harassing people during search operations.

The octogenarian leader in his appeal to organizations for human rights urged to take cognizance of reports of “harassment and atrocities being inflicted by forces against civilian population” in nook and corner of the state.


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