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Geelani gives shutdown call against Dogra certificate move

india Updated: Apr 07, 2011 22:39 IST
HT Correspondent

Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday issued a shutdown call against the issuance of Dogra certificates in Doda region and also the extra tax burden put on Kashmiris through proposed Property Tax.

A Hurriyat spokesman quoting Geelani has given a shutdown call on April 11 and called for protests after Friday prayers. "Issuances of the Dogra certificate is a well-thought conspiracy to put an end to the identity of Jammu Muslims and merge them in Dogra dynasty," said Geelani in a statement.

Geelani alleged "the RSS want to divide Jammu and Kashmir on religious lines and convey to the world that the Kashmir movement was pursued by limited number of people."

"People across the state should protest against the government move and convey to the world that all the three regions of the state --- Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh --- were united in their fight against the India's autocratic rule," said Geelani.

Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla on March 27 asked the people of Jammu division to avail the benefits of Dogra certificate after sanctioning its issuance. "The concerned Tehsildar (Territorial) shall be competent to issue such certificate to the eligible desirous persons irrespective of his or her ethnicity, religion, cultural background and mother tongue," said Bhalla.

The move has come under criticism from separatist and Kashmir-based assemble members. Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq's faction of the Hurriyat has also criticized the move. "It (the government) has already created distances between the different sections of the society and regions…Dogra certificate is a deliberate attempt to give legal shape to conquer a particular class and to realize communal elements' dream to divide the state," said Khan, who heads Hurriyat constituent National Front, in a statement on Wednesday.