Delhi Police summon Geelani | ‘Recommending visa no crime’

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Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been summoned by Delhi Police for investigation in connection with recommendation of visa to a Kashmiri youth. Delhi Police says the youth in question is a militant.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar said, “Special Cell of Delhi Police has registered an FIR number 08/2012 under section IPC 18/19, 20/22 against Geelani and summoned him to Lodhi police station on March 7. Today two police personnel served notice number CR-EC 10166 to Geelani in which he has been asked to cooperate in investigation,” Akbar said.
The summon comes three days after Union Home Secretary said that Geelani would be questioned in the case if required. Following the arrest of two Kashmiri youth hailing from Sopore town, media reports from New Delhi said Geelani had recommended Pakistani visa for one of them.
Geelani termed the summon as a ‘pressure tactic’ aimed at changing his stance on Kashmir issue.
“No power of the world can force me to give up the cause which we hold dearer than our lives. Come what may, I will continue to represent the sentiments and aspirations of Kashmiris in consonance with the sacrifices rendered by the people for past 65 years,” Geelani told this newspaper over phone.
Accusing Delhi Police of making mountain out of a mole, Geelani said that recommending visa for passport holders of Kashmir who want to meet their separated relatives on other side of Line of Control was not a crime.
“Thousands of Kashmiris are divided on both sides of LoC due to bloody line created between them and meeting of the people from both parts is nothing new,” he said, adding that investigating agencies conduct verification before issuing passport.
“People from this part of Kashmir come to us for recommending visa and after reviewing it closely, we give them letter on Pakistan High Commission as it is our duty,” he said.
When contacted by this newspaper, Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Baghat refused to comment on the matter.
“I have no knowledge about it,” he said.

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