Kanhaiya Kumar
Kanhaiya Kumar

Strongly condemning the arrest of JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar, registration of sedition charges against the Prof SAR Geelani and some other students, Chairperson All Parties Hurriyat Conference (g) Syed Ali Geelani Friday said that this government action is totally “against” the democratic claims of India and against the freedom of expression and “it has no constitutional and legal justification”.

“The students of JNU held a peaceful protest demonstration to express their solidarity with the Kashmiri nation and it is not any crime,” Geelani said in a telephonic statement from New Delhi. “Many prominent leaders of India and human rights activists had raised questions over the secret hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru and had termed it as a judicial murder. In this perspective, if the students in JNU also express their concern, then how can it be termed as a crime? Detention of JNU student’s union president and slapping of sedition against him is completely a grave injustice with him and this injustice cannot be tolerated in any way.”

Demanding immediate release of the arrested student, Geelani said that this action will have “serious consequences and its responsibility will be on the Indian government”.

Meanwhile, Geelani offered Friday congregational prayers at Jama’at-i-Islami Hind head office at Okhla New Delhi and on the occasion many Kashmiri youths met him there, a Hurriyat Conference (g) statement said this evening.

“It is the first chance in last 10 months when the pro-freedom leader freely moved out of his house and participated in the Friday prayers,” the statement said.

Geelani is presently in New Delhi for his health check-up and he is gradually recovering from the illness and the change in climate has proven very positive for his health. He resumed his routine exercises after a very long time.


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