The Delhi based leaders who had soft corner for Syed Ali Shah Geelani never pressurised the State Govt or the Police Chiefs
Between 1986 till date the Jammu and Kashmir police have been led by 12 senior most IPS officers who not only bravely fought against militancy but also played the key role in shaping counter insurgency framework as per which terrorists were dealt with to restore normalcy in the troubled state.
But when it comes to dealing with the ‘hawkish’ Hurriyat member Syed Ali Shah Geelani the same police officers apparently failed to expose his role in fuelling unrest in Kashmir valley or they were pressurised by their political bosses to bend their knees than taking strict action as per rule of law to prevent more bloodletting on the streets of Kashmir valley.
None of the Chief Ministers ever directed their Police Chiefs to expedite the pending investigation in the cases filed against Geelani and take them to their logical conclusion
According to a recent dossier prepared by the National Investigation Team (NIA) probing charges of terror funding and subversive activities a total number of 56 FIR’s were registered against Syed Ali Shah Geelani across different politicians in Kashmir valley between 1986 and 2015 but out of these 49 FIR’s are still under investigation and it was in only two cases that he was arrested by the police and was later released on bail in 1999.
Now the question arises whether all the former Chief Ministers, who were also holding the charge of state Home department during the same period, were complicit or they too were following diktats from someone else to ensure ‘freedom of Geelani’.
It is evident even some of the Delhi based leaders who had a soft corner for Syed Ali Shah Geelani never pressurised the State Govt or the Police Chiefs thereby giving a long rope to Geelani to consolidate his grip over Kashmiri brethren.
Whether these faces would be really exposed or it will remain a puzzle with no easy answers.
Since 1986 the State witnessed rule of Dr Farooq Abdullah on two occasions, then his political adversary Mufti Mohd Sayeed forged an alliance with the Congress Party in 2002 and headed the govt. till October 2005. He handed over the baton to Ghulam Nabi Azad in 2005 and between 2009-2014, Omar Abdullah, scion of Abdullah dynasty headed another alliance govt in the state. Since March 2015 BJP-PDP alliance govt is ruling the state.
But none of these Chief Ministers ever directed their Police Chiefs to expedite the pending investigation in the cases filed against Geelani and take them to their logical conclusion.
The manner in which the NIA is gradually tightening its noose around the Hurriyat members it is only a matter of time NIA would come out with complete trail of murky financial transactions to lay its hands on prominent faces of Hurriyat Conference
Interestingly, fresh cases filed against Geelani at the peak of summer unrest in 2010 also remained pending in Police records.
According to the NIA dossier remarks written against one of the FIRs of 2010 said: “according to investigating officers, the case is being dealt in a sensitive manner foreseeing a big agitation if the subject i.e. Geelani is arrested’’.
The question which is on the lips of everyone tracking recent developments in Kashmir valley is whether this time also the grand old man of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani would be spared or he too along with his sympathizers and mischief makers would be dealt with as per rule of law.
The manner in which the NIA is gradually tightening its noose around the Hurriyat members it is only a matter of time NIA would come out with a complete trail of murky financial transactions to lay its hands on prominent faces of Hurriyat Conference.
The NIA had earlier arrested seven separatist leaders — Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah ‘Funtoosh’, Ayaz Akbar Khanday, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah (all from Geelani’s faction of Hurriyat), Shahid-ul-Islam (of the faction led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq), Nayeem Khan of the Jammu Kashmir National Front and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karatay of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front on July 24.
Two sons of Geelani are yet to appear before NIA in New Delhi in the ongoing investigations in the funding of terror cases.
The Copies of FIRs
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