Srinagar : A series of videos have surfaced showing that the body of separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani was wrapped in the Pakistani flag before being arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police who calmly buried him Thursday morning. Police said a case was registered under strict anti-terrorism law, the Prevention of Illegal Activities Act or UAPA.
The 92-year-old pro-Pakistan separatist died Wednesday evening. His death was followed by a security crackdown and a suspension of telephone and internet services in Kashmir.
The videos have surfaced after the restoration of broadband internet and telephone services in Kashmir last night. However, the mobile internet service remains blocked. Police have also imposed restrictions to prevent gatherings.
In one of the videos, several people, mostly women, are seen around the body of Syed Ali Shah Geelani wrapped in a Pakistani flag.
There is commotion and slogans in the room. The women seem to resist amid a lot of pushing at the door. An armed policeman is also seen in the crowded room, with walls inscribed with religious verses.
The outright separatist received a low-key pre-dawn burial on Thursday. The family allege that the body was forcibly taken away by the police and that they were not even allowed to participate in the last rights.
“The FIR has been recorded in all anti-national activities,” said Dilbag Singh, director general of the police of Jammu and Kashmir.
Mr Singh said residents of the separatists’ home behaved badly with a chief police superintendent and other police officers and there had been a lot of anti-national slogans and attempts to get people to use social media and phone calls.
“We did not expect such unruly behavior from the family and others at Geelani, especially since the police were in regular contact with the family and Geelani Sahab. In fact, Geelani Sahab gave a book to one of our officers when he visited him last week. “Said Mr. Singh.
The Geelani family allege that the body was forcibly taken away by the police who broke down the doors and behaved badly with the women.
“We wanted the burial in the morning but the police refused. They opened doors and behaved badly with women. We could not attend the last rights after taking the body by force, ”said Naseem Geelani, son of Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
But police said some relatives of Mr Geelani participated in his funeral prayers. The separatist was buried in a cemetery near his residence in Hyderpora on the way to Srinagar airport.
In the past three days, restrictions have been imposed across Kashmir. All shops are closed and public transport is at a standstill.
No congregational prayer was allowed in the main mosques and shrines on Friday.
While many are surprised by the restrictions and control measures after the natural death of the 92-year-old separatist, law enforcement sources say there has been an assessment that large numbers of people will congregate at his funeral, which could have become a major separatist spectacle and there was a possibility of violence.