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Geelani calls for strike during Obama's visit

india Updated: Oct 30, 2010 15:04 IST
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Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for strike during the forthcoming visit of US president Barack Obama. Geelani issued a fresh protest calendar beginning Oct 28. It calls for shutdowns and protests up to Nov 8, barring Oct 28, 29, Nov 2 and 4.

The hardline leader has asked people to observe a strike on all the days the US president is in India.

"The last time a US president visited India, Indian security forces killed Sikh villagers in Chattisinghpora," he said, reiterating an allegation that has remained unproven. "We fear they can do anything (similar) around the forthcoming visit."

When asked about the gradual defiance of his shutdown and protest programmes by people in the Kashmir Valley, which has been reeling under unrest since June 11 with 110 people being killed in firing by security forces, he said it was `people's personal choice'.

"I salute the people for complete success of our resistance programme. If anybody is defying it at a personal level, that should be a matter between him and his conscience," he said.

Geelani also endorsed the appeal of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group, who has asked people to march to the offices of the UN Military Observers Group (UNMOG) in Srinagar on Oct 27.

"Our goal is common and, therefore, I fully endorse the appeal made by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq," Geelani said.

In an earlier statement Geelani had promised to consider the datesheets of exams, he however did not give any relaxations in protests according to exam schedules which have started from Monday. The state board of school education conducted class 10th as per schedule on October 25 inspite of a shutdown call given by separatists.

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