Quiet Burial For Syed Ali Shah Geelani In Srinagar

Syed Ali Geelani- File photo

Strict restrictions placed, Voice calling and Internet barred except BSNL in Valley

Srinagar- Veteran Kashmiri leader and iconic figure in the separatist political camp Syed Ali Shah Geelani was buried in local graveyard in Hyderpora area of Srinagar in wee hours on Thursday in a quiet funeral organised by authorities, amid tight security and restrictions with mobile connectivity by and large snapped in Kashmir.

Reports said that the burial of Geelani was completed by 4:45 AM on Thursday in presence of a small group of people at nearby Hyderpora graveyard.

Geelani, who died late Wednesday at age 92, was buried in a local graveyard in a quiet funeral organized by authorities under harsh restrictions, his son, Naseem Geelani, told The Associated Press. He said the family had planned to bury him at the main martyrs’ graveyard in Srinagar as specified in his will but were not allowed to do so by police.

“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 alleged.

Meanwhile, strict restrictions have been imposed throughout the Valley to prevent people from assembling and there was heavy deployment of government forces to thwart any untoward incident.

Mobile phone services, barring post-paid connections of state-run BSNL, and internet were shut down.

Barricades had been erected at various places and all vehicles were being thoroughly checked.

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