India locks down Kashmir after quiet burial of separatist Geelani | Conflict News

India locks down Kashmir after quiet burial of separatist Geelani | Conflict News

Authorities blanket disputed area with troops and clamp down on communications to forestall protests over Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s demise.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the veteran separatist chief from Indian-administered Kashmir, has been laid to relaxation because the Indian authorities crack down on public motion and impose a near-total communications blackout to forestall protests.

Geelani, the icon of the disputed area’s resistance towards New Delhi’s rule, died late on Wednesday. He was 92.

Geelani was buried in a quiet funeral organised by the authorities beneath harsh restrictions, his son Naseem Geelani informed Al Jazeera.

He stated the household had deliberate the burial on the essential martyrs’ graveyard in Srinagar, the area’s essential metropolis, as per his will, however “they (police) snatched his body and forcibly buried him”.

“We told the administration that we will bury him at 10am so that our relatives who live in far-off areas could attend,” Naseem informed Al Jazeera.

“But they took the body forcefully at 3am and did not allow any of us to take part in the last prayers. They even argued with the women in the family who resisted taking away his body.”

Naseem stated it was solely at 10am on Thursday that the members of the family had been allowed to see Geelani’s grave.

The Press Trust of India information company reported that officers buried Geelani’s physique and disallowed any mass funeral in anticipation of anti-India protests.

Indian safety forces patrol close to Geelani’s residence in Srinagar [Danish Ismail/Reuters]

Geelani, who died on Wednesday, had been unwell for a while, his household stated.

Icon of Kashmiri resistance

Among probably the most distinguished political leaders in Kashmir – a Himalayan area claimed by each India and Pakistan in full, however dominated in elements – Geelani for years led an umbrella alliance of secessionists, generally known as the Hurriyat Conference.

The alliance used civil disobedience within the kind of shutdowns and protests as a tactic to counter Indian rule.

But the Hurriyat Conference break up in 2003, when a bunch of separatists led by Geelani, who advocated Indian-administered Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan, walked out after moderates determined to carry talks with New Delhi.

Geelani strongly opposed any dialogue with New Delhi, a place rejected outright by successive Indian governments who usually dubbed him a hardline politician.

He was saved beneath home arrest greater than a decade after main a number of anti-India protests.

Around Geelani’s residence and elsewhere in Srinagar, armed troops lined essential roads and manned checkpoints, as authorities sought to forestall protests following his passing.

The metropolis’s essential enterprise space remained abandoned, with most retailers closed, and the motion of autos restricted, the witness stated. Authorities additionally lower web connections and cellular networks within the Kashmir valley since late on Wednesday.

The clampdown echoes restrictions that had been imposed in August 2019 when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi break up Jammu and Kashmir – then the nation’s solely Muslim majority state – into two federally administered territories.

The shock transfer was opposed inside Indian-administered Kashmir, together with by the likes of Geelani who give up his Hurriyat Conference faction, saying that it had didn’t counter New Delhi’s efforts to tighten its grip on the disputed area.

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