‘Freedom is destiny of people of Kashmir: Syed Ali Geelani
‘Violence Broke Out in Sopore After Geelani’s Departure’
‘No Pro Freedom Person Can Be A Stone Pelter’
‘Police uses force to ‘disperse’ rally in Sopore’
Srinagar, Nov 01: In Indian-administered Kashmir, a big protest rally was held in north Kashmir’s Sopore town led by Syed Ali Geelani to demand the right to self-determination and condemn human rights violations by Indian forces.
It was first of its kind after his release from nine months illegal house confinement and detention. Protesters chanting pro-freedom slogans marched along with SA Geelani from the Jamia Masjid Sopore to Iqbal Market Sopore. A journalist in the rally says the crowd was 10 to 30K.
Addressing the gathering, Syed Ali Geelani said that freedom was the undeniable right of the Kashmiris and India was staging election dramas in the territory to suppress the voice for self-determination.He said that the Indian army and police personnel were hell-bent upon subjecting the people to the worst political victimization.
He said that India’s suppressive tactics had failed to prevent the Kashmiris from pursuing their ultimate destiny of freedom.
On the other hand, the Indian police placed the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir leaders, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Mirajuddin Kalwal and Pir Saifullah under house arrest. They were on way to join Sopore rally.
More from CNS from Sopore:
People Friday alleged that soon after the departure of Syed Ali Geelani from Iqbal Market Sopore, CRPF and police personnel flexed their muscles on people who were raising anti-India slogans.
However, terming the allegations baseless, a police official told CNS that hundreds of youth participating in Geelani’s rally pelted stones on police and CRPF personnel deployed in Sopore.
According to reports, as thousands of people started marching from Sopore to Doabgah, scores of youth who were part of the rally resorted to stone pelting which created panic there. Those people who were not aware about this development ran for safety.Police and CRPF personnel responded with tear gas shelling and charged people with canes. In order to disperse agitated youth police resorted to aerial.An eyewitness told CNS that peace disturbed in the town after Geelani left the venue. “Youth were seen collecting the stone as Geelani Sahab was ready to leave the venue. Everything was peaceful till then, even Geelani Sahab appealed to youth to be peaceful and not to resort to violence,” he said.
Police official said that it was necessary for the police to respond as the procession was big and laxity could have proven fatal. “We brought situation under control and everything is normal there,” he said.
Lashing out at these stone-pelters, Geelani in his address at Dobgah Sopore said that these stone-pelters can’t be pro-freedom people. “These are men from different security agencies who want to disturb my rallies and defame me. I appeal people to identify them and keep them at bay during our rallies,” he said.
As thousands of people started marching from Sopore to Doabgah, police used rear smoke shells and batons to disperse the people raising pro-freedom slogans, reports said.
The locals said that police also used aerial firing against the people. They added that soon after Syed Ali Geelani completed his speech to thousands of people and started marching towards Doabgah to condole the family members of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, police stormed the rally by batons, tear gas shells and alleged aerial firing.
“Geelani was on a Tatamobile vehicle waving to his supporters who had assembled in large numbers and CRPF personnel used tear smoke shells against the people who were shouting anti-India slogans,” an eyewitness told Kashmir Life. When asked about Geelani, he said, “we are running for safety and do not know about him.”
Imtyaz Hyder, one of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leaders accompanying Geelani to Sopore informed KL that people managed to secure Geelani from the spot and he was safe.
with inputs from CNS/KL and other agencies and Aalaw Images.KGN update .740hrs