SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir charged relations of late resistance chief Syed Ali Geelani below a harsh anti-terror legislation for elevating anti-India slogans and wrapping his physique within the Pakistani flag, officers mentioned Sunday.
Geelani, who died Wednesday at age 91, was the logo of Kashmir’s defiance in opposition to New Delhi and had been below home arrest for years.
His son, Naseem, mentioned Indian authorities buried Geelani’s physique in an area cemetery with none relations current after police snatched his physique from the house. Police denied that and known as it “baseless rumors” by “some vested pursuits.”
A video broadly shared on social media purportedly confirmed Geelani’s kin, largely ladies, frantically making an attempt to forestall armed police from forcing their manner into the room the place his physique, wrapped in Pakistani flag, was being saved. It confirmed ladies wailing and screaming as police took the physique and locked his household and kin contained in the room.
Police mentioned unspecified relations and a few others had been charged Saturday below the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. They haven’t but been taken into custody.
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The anti-terror legislation was amended in 2019 to permit the federal government to designate a person as a terrorist. Police can detain an individual for six months with out producing any proof, and the accused can subsequently be imprisoned for as much as seven years. Rights activists have known as the legislation draconian.
Kashmir has lengthy been a flashpoint between India and Pakistan, which administer components of the area whereas claiming it totally.
Geelani spearheaded Kashmir’s motion for the proper to self-determination and was a staunch proponent of merging Kashmir with Pakistan. For many in Kashmir and past, he was a permanent icon of defiance in opposition to India.
Rebels have been combating in opposition to Indian rule since 1989. The area is among the most closely militarized on this planet. Tens of 1000’s of civilians, rebels and authorities forces have been killed within the raging battle.
Meanwhile Sunday, authorities eased some restrictions that had been imposed since Geelani’s loss of life, permitting some non-public autos on roads and distributors to function in some components of Srinagar.
Mobile telephones had been restored late Friday however mobile web and restrictions on the motion of individuals continued in lots of components of the Kashmir Valley.
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