Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti today criticized the center for filing a first informational report on draping the body of hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a Pakistani flag, claiming of “anti-national” slogans after his death.
The Budgam Police Department registered the FIR against unnamed individuals under various provisions of the Prevention of Wrongful Activities Act and the Indian Penal Code, and took note of a video clip showing Geelani’s body draped in a Pakistani flag used to be.
However, when police came in to take over the body, the dead separatist leader’s aides removed the flag.
Mehbooba Mufti criticized the FIR’s filing, tweeting: “Now that Kashmir has turned into an open-air prison, now even the dead are not spared. A family is not allowed to mourn and say goodbye according to their wishes. Geelani books Sahab’s family under UAPA shows the deep-seated paranoia and ruthlessness from the Indian government. This is Naya Kashmir in New India.”
After Kashmir has been turned into an open air prison, now even the dead are not spared. A family should not mourn and say goodbye as they wish. Booking Geelani Sahab’s family under UAPA demonstrates the Indian government’s entrenched paranoia and ruthlessness. This is Naya Kashmir from New India.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) September 5, 2021
Syed Ali Geelani, 91, died Wednesday night at his home in Srinagar after a long illness. The body was laid to rest in a cemetery at a nearby mosque.
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