Police disallow Geelani’s seminar
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Police disallow Geelani’s seminar

Police foiled a seminar proposed to be organized by Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani here on Sunday.

Police foiled a seminar proposed to be organized by Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani here on Sunday.

Several pro-freedom and Sikh leaders and rights activists were detained to stop them from attending the seminar at Geelani'sHyderpora residence.

"We decided not allow the seminar," said Senior Superintendent of Police, Budgam, Fayaz Ahmad Lone.

Police detained Dal Khalsa chief Kanwarpal Singh, his companion DrManjinder Singh Jandi and prominent human rights activist and chairman of "Sikhs for Human Rights" Advocate Harpal Singh Cheema at Hotel Grand Rayan at Hyderpora. They were later shifted to police station Saddar.

Reports said Akali Dal leaders including Jaskaran Singh Kahn Singh Wala and Narinder Singh Khalsa were stopped by police at Hyderpora and forced to move back. Human rights activist GautamNavlakha was also not allowed to make it to the seminar.

"The Indigo flight I was travelling in was not allowed to land in Srinagar on the pretext of congestion. So the flight returned back to Delhi with all passengers on boad," Navlakha told Greater Kashmir.

Besides Geelani, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat general secretary Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar and district president Srinagar and Ganderbal Raja Mehraj-ud-Din were put under house arrest, sources said.

The police action prompted pro-freedom activists to hold a protest demonstration on nearby Airport Road. However, police dispersed them.

Several pro-freedom activists including Zahoor-ul-HaqGeelani, Bashir Ahmad Qurashi, Syed ImtiyazHyder, Rameez Raja, Umar Adil Dar and Muzaffar Ahmad Najar were detained by police.

Terming the police action as "state terrorism", Geelani condemned it. "The communal government of India wants to suppress all minorities by using its state power. Muslims, Sikhs and Christians should join hands to foil the divisive agenda of the RSS," he said.

Geelani said people of Jammu & Kashmir are "prime target of autocratic and oppressive policies of Indian government. "New faces who came to power in India in 2014 are not only enemies of Kashmiris but all minorities in India, particularly Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians," he alleged.

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