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Geelani not allowed to offer funeral prayers in absentia

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Srinagar: Police today disallowed Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani to come out of his home and offer funeral prayers in absentia for the youth who were killed on Sunday during encounters and clashes.

A spokesman of Hurriyat (G), in a statement issued here said that as soon as Geelani attempted to come out of his residence to offer funeral in absentia, he was stopped by police.

Referring to the statement of Police DG, wherein he had said that Geelani was now free, Huriyat said that the rhetoric for freedom of speech proved hoax as political and religious leaders are continuously caged and political space denied.

The spokesman said that Geelani paid tributes to slain youth in Shopian shootout and said that those who lay their lives for a sacred cause, are alive with their Lord and receive sustenance from Him.

Blaming Indian authorities for their arrogance and stubborn attitude, Syed Ali Geelani said, we are not being allowed to mourn even our slain youngsters.

“Our youth are quite disheartened as peaceful activities are denied,” spokesman quoted Geelani as saying.

Lamenting at pro-Indian politicians for prevailing political uncertainty and bloodshed in state, Geelani said that they are playing with the sentiments of people and acting as henchmen for New Delhi in state.

Syed Ali Geelani in his appeal to human rights organisations, the International War Tribunal and Amnesty International to take cognizance of the incident and “fulfill their responsibilities in saving precious lives” in the state.

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