New Delhi: Delhi Police arrested Kashmiri intellectual and a professor of Delhi University, Syed Abdul Rehman Geelani for questioning on Monday evening in connection with an event at Press Club of India in which slogans were shouted in favour of Kashmiri martyr, Muhammad Afzal Guru, on his martyrdom anniversary on 9th February.
DCP New Delhi, Jatin Narwal told media men that SAR Geelani was taken from his residence to Parliament police station for questioning.
SAR Geelani had spoken at the function held in Press Club of India to commemorate the martyrdom anniversaries of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt. He was charged with sedition after Hindu extremists demanded action against him. The participants in the function shouted slogans in favour of Afzal Guru who was illegally hanged to death in infamous India’s Tihar Jail Delhi and demanded justice for his family.
The SAR Gilani’s arrest was made on the day when a group of lawyers assaulted students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as well as some journalists at the Patiala House court. The violence broke out in the court as JNU Students Union President, Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested under sedition charges, was to be brought for a hearing. Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in connection with an event held at the JNU on the martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru.
Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani in a statement issued in New Delhi while denounced the arrest of SAR Geelani and JNU Students Union President, Kanhaiya Kumar, by Delhi police, he said that the arrests had no legal justification and were against the freedom of speech. The octogenarian leader also denounced action by Indian paramilitary CRPF to throw a young student from a building in Islamabad town of occupied Kashmir.
“Arresting veteran intellectual, teacher, social and human rights activist Abdul Rehman Geelani on concocted charges speaks volumes about mental incapacity and intolerant behavior of Indian rulers. This is a glaring example of dictatorship under the garb of democracy.” A JKLF statement quoting its Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik said.