SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani warned that the organisation will launch an extended agitation if charges against former Delhi university teacher SAR Geelani and others, arrested for organising events on Afzal Guru’s anniversary, were not dropped.
In a statement, Geelani said he would consult the entire pro-freedom camp and announce a protest programme against detention and harassment of Kashmiris.
Geelani said that SAR Geelani and Kashmiri students “will be made scapegoats as Delhi police, on the directions of RSS, is making lives of Kashmiri students a hell”.
“Indian government is hatching a conspiracy to keep him (SAR Geelani) in jail for his entire life. If he and other arrested people are not released forthwith and harassment of Kashmiri students doesn’t stop, we will call for protest in Kashmir which will have serious consequences,” Geelani said, adding, “They have already formulated a plot to trap him (SAR Geelani) and this work was performed by the students of rightwing Hindu organisation ABVP from Delhi Press Club to JNU.”
Expressing concern over what he termed “growing intolerance in India”, Geelani said this country is “becoming unsafe for minorities and lower caste Hindus whose lives, property and dignity were in danger”.
He said the Hindu fascist forces were following George Bush’s ‘you-are-either-with-us-or-against-us policy against and the Delhi police is treating every Kashmiri a suspect.
“This situation has created the atmosphere of fear and harassment among Kashmiri students and they are feeling unsafe,” he said.
JKLF chairman Yasin Malik too has warned of “strong protests if Indian authorities did not stop harassment of Kashmiri students in Delhi and elsewhere.”
He said Indian authorities were trying to make Kashmiri students scapegoats.
“The ongoing crackdown of Delhi police on Kashmiri students is unacceptable. This has been an old habit of Indian rulers to harass Kashmiris and intimidate them,” the ailing Malik said in a statement issued from hospital.
“Police is playing with the career of these students. Indian rulers consider Kashmir as their colony and Kashmiris their slaves. It is their habit to harass, abuse and torture them,” he said.
He said that such “oppression is intolerable and Kashmiris will launch a full-fledged protest against it”
“Kashmiris have and will resist this kind of Indian terrorism. We want to assure Kashmiri students studying in India that the whole Kashmir is with them,” he said.
Both leaders also condemned assault on Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Kanhaiya Kumar by lawyers in Patiala House court premises on Monday and Wednesday.