Party activists framed in false cases: Geelani
At least four Panchayat members have been killed by suspected militants and another five wounded since the last year’s Panchayat polls. According to official figures over 320 Sarpanchs and Panchs have resigned in the wake of the killings. “No person should be killed for his political ideology,”
Geelani said. The octogenarian separatist leader called for release of senior Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) worker from Pattan, Nasir Abdullah. According to Geelani, police have arrested Abdullah for his alleged involvement in the killing a Sarpanch, Ghulam Muhammad Yatoo, in Palhalan last week.
“He (Abdullah) is innocent, we demand that the case against him should be withdrawn and he should be released,” said Geelani. On September 10, suspected militants shot dead Yatoo, belonging to ruling National Conference (NC). The killing forced many Sarpanchs and Panchs in north Kashmir to issue resignations.
Accusing police of framing Hurriyat worker on false charges, Geelani challenged the state Government to prove the “false charges” leveled against Abdullah.
“Let an open trial court decide the case,” said Geelani. “Such acts reflect police’s weakness. They fail to nab the real killers and instead detain innocent people.” Geelani termed arrest of Abdullah as “serious issue”. “It is the question of our survival,” Geelani said. “Allegations leveled against him (Abdullah) are baseless and we condemn his arrest.”—NNI