Prime Minister Imran Khan came down hard on the Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday for snatching the body and registering a case against the family of veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani.
Snatching the body of the 92 year old Syed Ali Geelani, one of the most respected & principled Kashmiri ldrs, & then registering cases against his family is just another shameful example of India’s descent into fascism under the Nazi-inspired RSS-BJP govthttps://t.co/GUZswvIRwN
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 5, 2021
Quote tweeting a Time of India news article on the treatment meted out to the Kashmiri stalwart, the premier said that it was “another shameful example of India’s descent into fascism under the Nazi-inspired RSS-BJP govt”.
Geelani, 92, passed away in Srinagar on Wednesday. His death had prompted the Indian authorities to impose a security clampdown in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). The occupation forces had put up barbed wire and barricades on roads leading to Geelani’s house in the main city of Srinagar after the family announced the death.
Geelani’s son had also accused police of taking his father’s body away to be buried in the middle of the night, hours after his death, a charge denied by the local police.
However, on Saturday, the Indian authorities registered a case against the family of Geelani for raising anti-state slogans at his funeral and shrouding the deceased politician’s body in a Pakistani flag – pictures of which reportedly went viral.
The Times of India quoted a police official as saying: “The FIR was registered at Budgam police station against the family members of Geelani along with other elements for raising anti-national slogans and putting Pakistani flag on the separatist’s body at his home after his death on Wednesday.”