SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday said the government is trying to divert attention of people from over the Udhampur attack by the killers under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
“It is a clear case of cold blooded murder and the government, by booking the attackers under PSA, is trying to divert attention of the people,” he said in a press statement issued here.
He demanded capital punishment for the accused.
“Booking the persons involved in such a heinous crime under PSA is mere eyewash. And by doing so, the sympathisers and masters of these criminals are trying to save them. They shall be tried for murder, and be given capital punishment.”
Geelani said Kashmiris will never forgive PDP Patron and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for “bringing nothing but destruction and miseries” to them by “handing over the state’s control to RSS-minded people”.
“This coalition has highly encouraged the communal minded people in the state who have been given free hand to carry out open attacks on the Muslim community here,” he said.
Stating that “the government-sponsored anti-Muslim riots are a blot on the democratic face of India”, Geelani appealed the international human rights organisations and the world community to come to the rescue of minorities in India.
“They are facing the worst kind of state terrorism,” he said.
“At present, India is directly ruled by the fascist and communal-minded people, and the fast growing intolerance in this country is a matter of deep concern for all minorities,” he said.
Hurriyat (G) Chairman said RSS and its allied parties have “a long pending agenda of converting the country into a Hindu Rashtra” and for that purpose they plan “to forcibly convert the people of other religions through Ghar Wapsi or to eliminate the Muslims and other minorities by inciting communal tensions”.
The communal forces in India, he said, are “so encouraged with the BJP rule that they only need a small excuse to kill a Muslim, Christian or a man of any other faith”.
After a very long wait, they feel that they have got a “favourable government” to implement their “wicked agendas”, he said.
Meanwhile, a high-level Hurriyat (G) delegation, led by its General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumji, participated in the funeral Zahid Rasool, the statement said.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat District President, Mir Hafizullah, led the funeral prayers, it said.
The statement condemned imposition of curfew-like restrictions in the Valley.