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Geelani booked, says Omar accepting political defeat

india Updated: Apr 26, 2012 21:44 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

The Jammu and Kashmir police have accused 83-year-old hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani of hurling stones, attempting to murder a cop and inciting mobs in north Kashmir's Baramulla district during a rally earlier this month.

Geelani, who arrived in Kashmir in March after three-month stay in New Delhi, had gone to Baramulla on April 6 to address people.

According to the police FIR, Geelani provoked general public against the state. Among several other section of incitement and abetment, Section 307, which is attempt to murder of a policeman, and Section 336, involvement in stone pelting, have been slapped against Geelani and his supporters.

"Investigation is on in the incident. Action will be taken against those involved," said senior superintendent of police Haseeb Moghal.

On April 6, Geelani concluded his speech after Friday prayers and several youth resorted to stone pelting, which was followed by police raids. Around 20 youngsters were arrested in the following week from the Baramulla district.

According to police records, in his speech Geelani said: "Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir is illegal and we will continue with our struggle for freedom." The speech resulted in hatred among masses against the state, said the police record.

Of late, Geelani has emerged as only separatist leader opposing stone throwing. "Ours is a peaceful struggle. We are being provoked. At time, security forces put their own people in rally to incite violence," said Geelani.

The hardline Hurriyat spokesman claimed the police move is a ploy and is aimed at restricting movement of Geelani.

"On Thursday Geelani sahib was once again asked not to move from his house (in Srinagar) without any justification. The Sections like 307 is a ploy to stop Geelani from meeting people and lodge him in a jail frequently," said Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar.

Akbar said the invocation of harsh sections shows that "chief minister Omar Abdullah has accepted defeat".

"Barring Geelani from social and political activities shows that the Hurriyat leader's challenge to fight political battle has been rejected and, instead, Abdullah accepts defeat by such harsh measures," said Akbar.

"It is beyond understanding. Will police explain this attempt to murder by Geelani sahib," he said.