Octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani has reiterated his demand for an impartial probe into the Aasiya Nilofar rape and murder case.
Geelani blamed former chief minister Omar Abdullah for the case and said that “he played a key role in concealing the origin of the incident” and said “the killers were provided the opportunity to escape the grip of the law.”
Geelani said that such incidents would continue to occur in future also if the culprits were not booked and punished.
“Unless the culprits involved in this dastardly act are brought to book, the chastity and dignity of women folk in state is at risk,” he said.
Terming Shopian incident as “most inhuman act”, Geelani said “likewise the Kunan Poshpora mass rape incident, the Shopian incident shacked the conscience of the nation.”
Demanding death sentence for those involved in “gruesome rape and murder case”, Geelani accused the state government of shielding the culprits, “involved in the killing of Aasiya Jan and Nilofer”
He said there are “sufficient evidences against the criminals, however the evidences were destroyed and witness to the gory act silenced.”
Terming the incident as “heart wrenching tragedy”, he said “dignified nations while pursuing their struggle never tolerate the disrespect and never forget these sacrifices and transfer details about these ghastly tragedies to their next generations.”
“It is obligatory to recall and remember these tragedies till those involved in such cases are exposed and brought to book,” said Geelani adding “such incidents are repeated to suppress the Kashmiri’s just struggle for securing their right to self-determination.”