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Geelani death: Spokesman of banned Jamaat-e-Islami hails Kashmir police hospitality during police custody

The spokesman of banned Jamaat-e-Islami, Advocate Zahid Ali, said Monday that he was put under preventive detention for five days owing to the death of Syed Ali Geelani.

He also praised Jammu and Kashmir police for behaving nicely, terming the treatment meted out to him as extraordinary fine.

Ali said, in a statement, that he will remember the treatment meted out to him by the police forever.

“Soon after Syed Ali Geelani passed away, a police party headed by Station House Officer (SHO) Police Station Kakapora reached the main gate of my residence at Nehama and he telephonically informed me very nicely and very politely to come out,” he said.

“Without any delay, I came out and opened the main gate of my house and asked the reason for visiting at the midnight. The SHO very politely informed me of the orders of taking me into preventive detention. I readily accepted the reason and went in for preparing myself and after sometime carrying a bag with some clothes etc. boarded the police vehicle,” he said.

“I was kept in the SHO’s room with all politeness. This politeness if demonstrated by the police generally will make it a popular force amongst the public for the protection of whose rights it has been created,” he said, adding that it was 1:27 AM on 1st of September 2021 intervening night between Wednesday and Thursday when this police party reached his house.

“Finally on 4th of September at 5 pm, I was released. The treatment of police was extraordinary fine and nice which I shall remember forever but my detention was in no way justified or justifiable,” he said.

In a petition submitted to the Delhi High Court, the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir last week denied all links to resistance politics. In particular, it distanced itself from Syed Ali Geelani, whose death has brought on a fresh bout of restrictions and internet shutdowns in Kashmir, and the late Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, who died of Covid-19 while in preventive detention this year.

Both resistance leaders had once been prominent members of the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu

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