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Geelani’s kin booked for raising pro-azaadi slogans, puting Pak flag on resistance icon’s body

Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday lodged an FIR against the family members of Syed Ali Geelani and others for raising pro-azadi slogans and putting Pakistani flag on the body of the resistance icon.

A police official said that Police Station Budgam has registered FIR against the “family members of Syed Ali Geelani along with other elements.

Geelani, 92, passed away on Wednesday evening at his Hyderpora residence after prolonged illness. The family members had alleged that police snatched the body of Geelani in the dead of the night and buried him silently, a charge refuted by the police.

A video showing Pakistani flag over the body of Geelani had gone viral on social media.

Geelani’s son Naseem Geelani had said the family had planned to bury him at the main martyrs’ graveyard in Srinagar, as specified in his will but were not allowed to do so by police.

“They snatched his body and forcibly buried him. Nobody from the family was present for his burial. We tried to resist but they overpowered us and even scuffled with women,” Naseem Geelani had said.

Geelani spearheaded Kashmir’s movement for the right to self-determination and was a staunch proponent of merging Kashmir with Pakistan. He strongly opposed any dialogue with New Delhi, a position rejected by successive Indian governments who often dubbed him a hard-line politician.

Geelani was also the face of Kashmir’s civilian defiance against Indian rule. He led a faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, an association of various Kashmiri political and religious groups that was formed in 1993 to spearhead a movement for the region’s self-determination.

The group used civil disobedience in the form of shutdowns and protests as a tactic to counter Indian rule.

For most in Kashmir and beyond, Geelani was an enduring icon of defiance against India.

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