Geelani hails people for defeating ‘evil designs of communal forces’

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has hailed the people for “spoiling the evil designs of communal forces who were planning violence on Muslims in Jammu”.
In a statement, Geelani said “communal elements in Jammu”, a euphemism for militant Hindu organizations, had been “conspiring to trigger Hindu-Muslim riots on Eid to divert attention from our freedom struggle”.
“But Kashmiri Muslims showed extreme maturity and farsightedness and avoided acts which could have helped the communal elements to execute their plans,” said the veteran resistance leader, who has been detained at his home for the past nearly five months by the Mufti-led coalition government.
Following a controversy over a Dogra-era law criminalising slaughter of bovines, various Muslim organizations had planned sacrifice of only bovines this Eid. The government had banned internet services, apprehending that people posting pictures or videos of such bovine sacrifice on social media networking sites could trigger communal tensions.
On Eid eve, Geelani had appealed to the people that they should not hurt religious sentiments of others while carrying out the rituals of their own faith.
Geelani also described the detention of resistance leaders on Eid eve and 72-hour-long ban on internet services as “state terrorism” and “interference in religious affairs of Muslims.”
He said the PDP-BJP coalition government has converted the state into a “major jail” and left the “Kashmiri nation at the mercy of communal and fascist forces”.
He said, “According to the Shariah we either have to migrate to a safe place or fight and resist this forced occupation. Mass migration is not possible today so we are struggling against the Indian imperialism.”