Syed Ali Shah Geelani: Center and state forces cordon off Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s burial place to thwart protests

More than 30 police and paramilitary vehicles were deployed within a radius of 500 meters around the grave of the former separatist leader and president of the Hurriyat conference, the late Syed Ali Shah Geelani. This is to avoid mass gatherings and the erection of a memorial by his supporters. Security guards were stationed in all lanes leading to where Geelani, 92, was laid to rest on September 2.

He was buried on the lawns of Jama Majid, located on the airport road in the Hyderpora district, which is also a few hundred meters from Geelani’s residence in the Rehmatabad district. The administration of Jammu and Kashmir, fearing a massive rally, buried Geelani overnight.

Central forces also placed a mine protected vehicle (MPV) in one of the tracks near the grave. The view of the grave was also blocked by a green shade net on one of the cemetery walls. The forces were ordered not to allow anyone to approach the grave. They also banned people from clicking on images, even from a distance. On the road to the airport near the grave, authorities also placed a few buses, which could transport protesters in the event of a protest rally.

“We were told that protests can take place at any time. That’s why you see a big deployment in the area, ”a CRPF member deployed near the grave told ET.

According to the police, barricades and vehicles were placed in the alley leading to Geelani’s residence in the district of Rehmatabad, a few hundred meters from the tomb. Police officers, including policewomen, allow only permanent residents and a few close relatives of Geelani to enter the alley.

A senior government official said: “The cemetery where Geelani was buried is secured by central forces. They will continue to be deployed with the local police to avoid any public order situation in the coming days. ”

Geelani’s family accused the administration of denying them the right to burial. However, the police dismissed the allegations and sentenced his family under the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act for brandishing anti-Indian slogans and engaging in anti-national activities like wrapping Geelani’s body in a flag. Pakistani.

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