August 2003 News

JI Blames Centre For Campaign Against Geelani

5 August 2003
The Times of India

Srinagar: Jamat-e-Islami's (JI) political wing today blamed New Delhi for character assassination of firebrand separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani by renewing its alleged malicious compaign against him. A spokesman of JI's political wing today said the centre is frustrated by the widespread popularity of Geelani following which renewed compaign has been launched against him. The recent case, he said, is the arrest of two persons at New Delhi. The spokesman said four statements were attributed to the arrested men within four days. 'They were varingly attributed to Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, ISI and Al Fateh. Similarly, first the reported recovery of Rs 10 lakhs was said were for newly floated party of Geelani which was followed by other statements like one-third of the amount is fake or that the money was meant for organising public meeting at Shopian', he said. He said the people are acquainted with the fact that public contact programme is not run by money but with the support of people. Earlier in 2002, he said, police had claimed that a big amount was recovered from a person. 'An impression was given through media that money was meant for Geelani while the fact is that that person was released only a few days after his arrest', he said. Referring to the raid on Geelani's house on June 9, last year, the spokesman said, the authorities claimed that Rs 10 lakh was recovered from his residence. 'POTA was slapped on him and later the allegation also turned out to be a hoax', he said. Meanwhile, Geelani today expressed grave concern over the riots in Kishtwar and said Muslims were targetted under a planned conspiracy. He also expressed regrets over the killings at Gilgit.


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