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Geelani tries to enter GMC Srinagar, arrested

india Updated: Nov 17, 2009 21:47 IST

Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani was again arrested on Tuesday when he tried to enter Government Medical College, Srinagar, to address students.

Geelani reached the medical college around noon. When Geelani tried to enter the premises, he was not permitted by the security forces present there.

“He (Geelani) wanted to meet the doctors to aware them about his demand of demilitarization,” said Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar. The police, however, foiled his attempt and took him into the custody.

Geelani was later shifted to the Shergarhi Police station.

Earlier in the day, addressing a press conference at his residence, Geelani rejected any dialogue with New Delhi. He said his district-wise strike programme was not an agitation but a “very peaceful awareness campaign”. He has called for a shutdown on Friday in Pulwama district.

Reiterating his demand on the dialogue, Geelani said India has to accept Kashmir as a disputed territory, repeal the armed forces special powers and withdraw its troops before any dialogue.

Geelani accused the government of indulging in cultural aggression in the Valley and alleged educational institutions were being used for this aggression.

Playing down the tempers that rose after a verbal spat between him and JKLF chairman Yaseen Malik, Geelani said, “We have ideological differences. But we don’t want to turn into confrontation.”

Geelani at a seminar organised by the High Court Bar Association recently said advocates of secularism or secular independence were following an un-Islamic agenda in Kashmir.