SRINAGAR — Senior pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s family, relatives and some others were booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for raising ‘anti-national’ slogans on his funeral and putting Pakistani flag on his body after he passed away at the age of 92 on September 1.
Police sources said that an FIR under number 227/ 2021, under section 353 of Indian Penal Code and section 13 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), was registered at Police Station Budgam after Geelani’s family members, relatives and others raised anti-India slogans and put a Pakistani flag on Geelani’s body at his residence in Hyderpora on the intervening night of September 1 and 2.
They said further investigation into the matter has been set into motion.
The Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, died on September 1 at his residence in Hyderpora Srinagar and was given a quiet burial before the sunrise on Thursday amid high military and police presence.
Geelani’s family alleged that the police forcibly took his body and quietly buried it at a graveyard near his residence at 4:45 a.m., and only a handful of people were allowed to attend his funeral prayers.
Geelani’s son, Naeem Geelani, said that nobody from his family was allowed to attend the burial.
Naeem said it was the Jammu and Kashmir Police who gave Geelani his last bath. They also dug his grave and buried him after giving a funeral prayer. “All this was done in our absence and none from family attended his burial or funeral prayers”, he said.
However, IGP Kashmir refuted all the allegations against police and said that they ‘facilitated’ in bringing the dead-body from the house to the graveyard as there was an apprehension that ‘miscreants’ might take undue advantage of the situation. Relatives did participate in the last rites, he claimed.