Geelani demands probe into death of Naik, Kashmiri businessman

Geelani demands probe into death of Naik, Kashmiri businessman

SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, on Sunday demanded impartial probe into the death of Abdul Gani Naik of Kapran, Verinag, and Maqsood Ahmad Shah of Kralpora.
The 30-year-old Maqsood Ahmad Shah, son of Mohammad Dilawar Shah of village Dardpora, was found murdered in Jalandhar on Saturday.
The father of four went missing from his rented accommodation in Malsiyan Shahkot area of the district on April 4. He had been selling shawls in Jalandhar for the past four months.
When he didn’t responded to his family’s phone calls, his brother Shah Zaman and some other family members went to Shahkot and filed a missing report with the police.
In a statement issued here, Geelani said the murder should be probed by some independent agency.
55-year-old Naik suffered heart attack after the army men carried out raid on his house during the night hours of April 8. He was taken to nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead. Maqsood, 30, a Kashmiri businessman and father of four children was found murdered in Jalandhar district of Punjab on Saturday.
In a statement issued here, Geelani said India and its intelligentsia “have waged a practical war against Kashmiris who are harassed everywhere and in every possible way”.
“Kashmiris are neither safe in their houses nor in any part of India. government forces are directly responsible for Naik’s killing while as state administration is yet to come up with its statement on the Jalandhar killing,” he said and demanded impartial investigations by some independent agency into the killings.
Hurriyat (G) chairman said the way Indian forces are “terrorising” people during nocturnal raids and subjecting them to a “severe torture” is a grave human rights issue and a heinous crime.
“The dying of someone due to cardiac arrest after such an inhuman operation is a murder not a mere incident,” he said and appealed the international committees and human rights organisation to look into the matter and press upon the authorities to lodge FIR against Indian forces involved in this “heinous” crime.
Geelani also expressed solidarity with the families of Abdul Gani Naik. A delegation comprising of Dr Ghulam Mohammad Ganai and Bashir Ahmed Qureshi visited the bereaved family to express solidarity with them.

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