Family members of police officer dubbed ‘criminal’ by Geelani seek forgiveness

Family members of police officer dubbed ‘criminal’ by Geelani seek forgiveness
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By Iqbal Kirmani   
Srinagar: Days after Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani publicly named a police officer Touseef Mir for his excesses on the people, Mir’s family members on Monday went to Geelani’s residence seeking “forgiveness and pardon” for their son.
According to sources at the Hurriyat (G) office, the father and brother of policeman Mir came to Geelani’s residence on Monday, hoping to meet him and ask for “forgiveness for their son”.
Geelani, however, refused to meet them and told his subordinates to convey to the family members of the officer that “the family should instead go to people whom their son had wronged and seek forgiveness from them”.
The source also said that Mir’s family promised that they would make sure that he (Mir) resigns from his job in the police but Geelani refused to see them saying they should go to Khanbal where their son “was wrecking havoc on the lives of fellow Kashmiris.”
“After waiting for an hour, they left,” sources said.
On August 6, Syed Ali Geelani had named Mir for committing excesses on people who were protesting against India and called him a “criminal” and “butcher”.
Geelani in a statement had said that Touseef, duty officer (Bus Stand Choki Islamabad) had come to Chee village Khanabal where protestors had gathered.
“Tauseef burned their tent and took away other equipment and without any provocation resorted to pellet shelling injuring dozens of people including more than seven women who received pellet injuries in their private parts,” the statement of Hurriyat had said.
“This criminal and butcher Touseef Mir is warned that it is high time that rogues and killers like you should be brought to book and we cannot stop people to tackle you directly. You should be ashamed for such heinous crimes against your own people,” the statement had said.

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