Srinagar: A caller identifying himself as underworld don Ravi Pujari has threatened to kill Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said.
Akbar said the “notorious gangster” called on the landline number of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat head office at Hyderpora at about 8.45pm on Friday and “used abusive and uncivilised language” before threatening the ailing resistance leader.
“The underworld don then himself confirmed the threat call on a private news channel of India and publically threatened to kill Geelani sahab,” Akbar said, adding that the Hurriyat would be consulting legal experts on the threat.
He said that a fugitive gangster issuing threatening statements on a TV channel raises many questions and “clearly indicates that he has the backing of the Indian government and the communal forces of this country”.
“His sudden intervention in Kashmir issue is not meaningless.
It reflects the rising intolerance in India where the lives, property and honour of minorities particularly Muslims is under threat. Geelani sahab is not the person who will fear the threats of people like Pujari,” the spokesman said.
“He will continue to pursue the Kashmir cause in future like he has been doing for the past 50 years and for which 18 murderous assaults have been made on him so far,” he added.
Who is Ravi Pujari?
The don was a favourite protégé of gangster Chotta Rajan. However, he left him after Dawood Ibrahim’s men made an attempt on his life in Bangkok in 2000. Media reports said his men were behind the unsuccessful attempt on the life of lawyer Majeed Memon in Mumbai, who is defending many of the accused in the Mumbai serial blasts of March 1993.
He had claimed that his men tried to kill Memon because he had close links to underworld gangsters Dawood Ibrahim and Chotta Shakeel.
“I want to finish all those connected to Dawood and Shakeel. They are anti-India and connected to the ISI (Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence),” Pujari had told television channels after the attack.