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Geelani posters burnt in Shopian

india Updated: Sep 13, 2009 00:39 IST
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There was a great deal of anger against separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Saturday in Kashmir’s southern district of Shopian, about 52 km from Srinagar.

People of Shopian raised slogans against the veteran leader and burnt his photographs.

Geelani had opposed the Majlis-e-Mashawrat’s Kashmir-wide strike call, asking it to confine it to Shopian only.

The Majlis-e-Mashawrat, a people’s committee of Shopian formed to lead the agitation against the May 29 rape and murder of Nelofar Jan and Asiya Jan, had called Kashmir shutdown on Saturday to protest against bail given to the four policemen accused in the case.

The two women were found dead in a stream on May 30 in Shopian, a day after they went missing while returning from their orchard.

Former Shopian Superintendent of Police Javaid Iqbal Mattoo, Deputy Supeintendent of Police Rohit Baskotra and two other policemen were arrested on July 15 on the orders of a division bench of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court on charges of destroying evidence in the case. However, they were granted bail on Friday by a single bench of the high court after a special investigation team of the police failed to provide enough proof of their involvement.

Countering the Majlis strike call, Geelani on Friday evening called newspaper offices, asking the Majlis to confine the strike to Shopian only.