SRINAGAR: The arrest of Delhi University’s former lecturer Syed Abdul Rehman Geelani on Tuesday drew flak from pro-freedom leadership of Kashmir and Dal Khalsa.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, termed the arrest of SAR Geelani as “an act of muzzling the freedom of expression”.
“This detention has no constitutional and legal justification. The secular and democratic claims of India are getting badly exposed with each passing day and this country is on its way to become an extremely intolerant Hindu Rashtra,” he said in a statement issued here.
Hurriyat (G) chairman said SAR Geelani was detained in past too “for highlighting the excesses and atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir”, but this time his arrest is based “on policy of vengeance”.
“The communal government of India wants to punish him for Kashmir and Muslims. SAR Geelani did nothing that invokes punishment. He just organised an academic-type of seminar, which was a peaceful and disciplined programme,” Geelani said, appealing the human rights organisations to take serious notice of the “illegal” detention of SAR Geelani and the JNU students’ union president, Kanhaiya Kumar.
Geelani also termed the statement of home minister of India Rajnath Singh’s about Hafiz Saeed as “ridiculous and baseless”.
“Indian rulers are in a revengeful mood. They could not maintain their balance of mind and acted in a very cheap and uncivilised way.
“It also proves Indian rulers do not want to come out of their fanatic politics. They know nothing about the political and diplomatic protocols,” said Geelani.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, termed SAR Geelani’s arrest as “uncalled for and against the democratic norms”.
“The arrest of SAR Geelani and crackdown on the varsity, which is an intellectual hub in Delhi, is a dictatorial attitude of the government of India and against all democratic norms,” Mirwaiz said in a statement issued here.
The ailing chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, said “arresting a veteran intellectual, teacher, social and human rights activist SAR Geelani on concocted charges speaks volumes about the mental incapacity and intolerant behavior of Indian rulers who are hell bent to crush every voice of dissent”.
“This is a glaring example of dictatorship under the garb of democracy. Clamping down the voices of dissent by force and slapping charges like sedition on political opponents has been an old poly of oppressive regimes,” Malik, who is admitted in a hospital since Monday, said in his statement.
JKLF chief appealed the international community and civil society to raise their voices for SAR Geelani and Kumar.
A spokesperson of Muslim League Jammu Kashmir Rafiq Ganaie, in a statement issued here, said SAR Geelani’s arrest was “nothing but political vengeance”.
“One fails to understand why the activists of BJP and its associate party VHP gave unnecessary hype to a simple and peaceful programme.”
He warned of strong reaction in Kashmir if anything untoward happened to SAR Geelani and JNU students.
Meanwhile, Sikh party Dal Khalsa also termed the arrest as “undemocratic, unjust, and uncalled for”.
“Prof Geelani is a friend of Sikhs. He is targeted for speaking in favour of Kashmir cause and sympathising with other struggling minorities and oppressed people,” Khalsa leaders said in a statement issued here.
They also condemned the “crackdown and hooliganism by BJP MLA and lawyers against JNU faculty and media persons at Patiala House court”.
“As RSS-BJP has communalised the polity in a sinister way. It is time for the higher judiciary to intervene before the situation turns volatile and ugly,” the Khalsa leaders said.