Geelani calls for shutdown on Saturday

Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Thursday asked people to observe a shutdown on Saturday and hold protest demonstrations after Friday prayers in protest against the detention of Masrat Alam under Public Safety Act on Thursday.
The veteran leader said that one more PSA against Masrat—he has been previously booked under the same law about two dozen times—shows that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led government was taking instructions from Nagpur, a reference to the headquarters of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
Geelani said that the state government was putting Masrat’s life at risk by shifting him to “hostile” Kot Balwal jail, where Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjhi was hacked to death by a prisoner to avenge the death of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner, in a Pakistani jail in 2013.
“The atmosphere in that jail is very hostile to pro-freedom leaders. It is known that a detainee of that jail, Sanaullah Ranjhi, was killed there and many other prisoners have been attacked and thrashed. Masrat can be attacked and killed in that jail. Mufti government has actually pushed Masrat into a death trap.” he said.
“There is no moral or legal justification in arresting and slapping of PSA upon the Masarat,” he said.
Geelani said that Indian TV channels ran a media trial against Masrat, which led to “surrender of Mufti led government before the BJP.”
“Mufti Mohammad Sayed had made huge claims before and after the election drama and tried a lot to prove himself a pro-Kashmir politician but all his claims like ‘the battle of ideas’ and ‘goli se nahi boli se’ proved to be a hoax,” he said.
“Mufti Sayeed had promised to shift all the detainees from outside jails back to the Valley prisons. But shifting Masrat to Kot Balwal jail Jammu, he has proved that all the decisions come from Nagpur,” he added.