SRINAGAR: Amid strict restrictions in place, senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani was laid to rest in Srinagar’s Hyderpora area before sunrise on Thursday. According to the sources in the administration, the final rites were performed in presence of relatives and neighbours, restricting the gathering to around 50 people. The process, as told by locals was completed by 4:30 am.
Earlier, as the news of the death of ailing Geelani was confirmed, authorities put in place strict restrictions in and around the Srinagar, sealing all the roads leading to his residence in Hyderpora. Besides, mobile internet and calling services were barred in the entire valley.
Having his ancestral graveyard in north Kashmir’s Sopore, Geelani had wished to be buried at the graveyard in Eidgah Srinagar. However, as told by his family, the authorities did not concede.
Reports reaching Kashmir Life newsroom suggest, the roads have been blocked with concertina wires and no movement is allowed, specifically in the uptown locality. However, as per the reports, only vehicles allowed to ply are for Srinagar airport.
Moments after the death of Geelani, IGP Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar said that restrictions will be imposed in the valley including suspension of internet services. “There will be restrictions across Kashmir on Thursday and the internet will also be snapped,” he said and added, “nobody will be allowed to disrupt peace,” he said.
Meanwhile, DIG North Kashmir has appealed to the people of north Kashmir not to panic and avoid their movement towards Srinagar.
“In the view of the death of Senior Hurriyat leader, the public of North Kashmir is requested not to panic, Pls avoid movement towards Srinagar. Appeal public to keep calm, and stay inside their houses and pray for the departed soul,” he said.