March 2001 News

Tension grips Srinagar, Geelani hospitalised

17 March 2001
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Tension gripped parts of Srinagar on Saturday as groups of people clashed with police and pelted stones on passing vehicles enforcing a shutdown to register protest against the alleged "manhandling and ill-treatment" of former Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and arrest of 25 persons from various parts of the city. Geelani, fire brand Jamaat-E-Islami leader, while being released at Hyderpora on Saturday was roughed up by the police when he allegedly resisted the arrest of two of his close associates, Mohammad Yousuf Mujahid and Ghulam Rasool Sofi, eyewitnesses said. Geelani and six of his close associates were detained by police after they broke the police cordon around his Hyderpora house and tried to lead a demonstration against the alleged desecration of Holy Quran at Hyderpora on Friday. He refused to go home last evening when police set him free as two of his close associates were not released. However, when he along with his six colleagues was taken to Hyderpora for being released, police requested Geelani to allow them to arrest the two as they were wanted by them. Geelani refused and resisted the police attempt to arrest the two. In the ensuing scuffle, Geelani fell unconscious and was taken to Soura Medical Institute, the eyewitnesses said. However, police arrested Mohammad Yousuf Mujahid but Ghulam Rasool Sofi escaped. Police officials said Geelani was not beaten up but in the scuffle he fell down and was rushed to hospital, where his condition was described as 'stable." (PTI)   


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