SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday reiterated demand for the return of mortal remains of both Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru who were hanged in Delhi’s Tihar jail in 1984 and 2013.
In a statement Geelani said though it was purely a human issue, India is very reluctant to this demand thereby violating all the principles of ethics and human values. Strongly criticizing state administration for clamping curfew like restrictions, curbs, crackdown against resistance leaders and arresting Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Nayem Ahmad Khan, Raja Merajuddin, Mohamad Ashraf Laya, Mohamad Yasin Ataie, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Omer Adil Dar and scores of other activists, said that state authorities will have to face people’s wrath and resentment. “These arbitrary arrests are synonymous to disrespect to our bravehearts,” Geelani said.
Seeking mortal remains of Bhat and Guru, Geelani said that nation pays homage to the valiant son of soil and while referring to last letter written by Mohammad Afzal Guru that illustrates he was an ideological person and his emotions were having the backing of faith, intellect and conscience. Hailing Guru for his valour and commitment, Geelani said that he emerged as an ideal symbol of dedication and commitment.
Geelani said the state authorities laid curbs, restrictions and arrested hundreds of political activists on the anniversary. “We strongly condemn police action and it is sheer bullying and highhandedness,” said Geelani.
“India with its military might is desperate to suppress our mission but despite all this our next generations is more determined, vigilant and sensitive enough about freedom movement,” he said.
In a separate statement, Geelani expressed his deep concern over developing a playfield on the graveyard and demolishing more than forty graves during a drive in Samba Jammu.
He said Muslim community is being targeted and harassed on the behest of communal forces. “It will have dire consequences if not stopped for now,” he said.