Arrest of Prof Geelani Undemocratic, Unjust, Uncalled For: Dal Khalsa

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File Photo: Prof SAR Geelani addressing a Conference organized by Dal Khalsa at Jantar Mantar, Delhi in November last year.
File Photo: Prof SAR Geelani addressing a Conference organized by Dal Khalsa at Jantar Mantar, Delhi in November last year.

Dal Khalsa Tuesday strongly condemned the arrest of former Delhi University Professor SAR Geelani under sedition charges for holding an event on February 10 to commemorate the death anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru at Press Club of India in New Delhi.

Dal Khalsa leaders Kanwar Pal Singh and Dr Manjinder Singh along with human rights activist Advocate Harpal Singh Cheema termed the arrest undemocratic, unjust and uncalled for.

Calling Prof Geelani as a “friend of Sikhs”, they said, “he was being targeted because while sitting in New Delhi, he strongly speaks in favour of Kashmir cause and also sympathize with other struggling minorities and oppressed peoples.”

Referring to the JNU students crackdown and the hooliganism shown by BJP MLA and lawyers against JNU faculty members and media persons at Patiala House courts, they said, “the Hindutva forces were trying to instil fear psychosis in the minds of those who do not subscribe to their so called ‘brand of patriotism’. The BJP was back to the business of polarizing the society, this time around with more zeal and vengeance as they have (Indian) state’s might at its disposal.”

Seeking dropping of seditions charges against Prof Geelani and JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar, they rubbished the notions of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other BJP leaders that events to remember or hail Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat as a “martyr could pose threat to peace and India’s integrity”.

“As the RSS-BJP has communalized the polity in a sinister way, it’s time for the higher judiciary to intervene before the situation turns volatile and ugly,” they observed.

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