‘Without Instigating Violence; Geelani Free To Offer Prayers Anywhere’

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad Wednesday said that no authority in the country can prevent people
from following their religious duties but separatist leaders should not serve their ‘political interests’ under the garb of religion.

Talking to KNS, the DGP said to maintain the law and order situation in valley, authorities have to keep the vigil over elements who try to ‘instigate’ violence. “We are not sitting idle here, we only act when we receive reports that the situation could be disrupted.”

Mr Prasad further told KNS, that the authorities have no problem if the separatist leaders follow their religious duties in the peaceful manner. “The most unfortunate aspect is that they (separatists) always serve their political interests under the garb of religion.”

Commenting on the continuous house arrest of the Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Mr Prasad said that it is an established fact that wherever Mr Geelani goes, the situation turns violent. “We have the past records that reveal that the places turn violent were Geelani addresses the gatherings,” the DGP alleged.

He further told KNS that the Police and the administration has no problem if Mr Geelani offers prayers anywhere but politics must not be mingled with the religious duties. “Whether Geelani wants to offer prayers at Hyderpora or at Jamia Masjid Delhi, we have no problem with that but he should not instigate people for violence or stone pelting.”

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