Because he is a Kashmiri Muslim, no one is supporting him: Family of Prof SAR Geelani

His daughter, Nusrat, says Geelani has been getting newspapers in his high-security ward in Tihar. “He knows how big the JNU issue has become. After Kanhaiya was arrested... the police came for him.”

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 29, 2016 2:18 am
Geelani has been arrested on charges of sedition. Geelani has been arrested on charges of sedition.

As DU Professor SAR Geelani, arrested on charges of sedition, serves out his 14-day judicial custody, his family waits anxiously for his return.

His daughter, Nusrat, says Geelani has been getting newspapers in his high-security ward in Tihar. “He knows how big the JNU issue has become. After Kanhaiya was arrested… the police came for him.”

Geelani was detained on February 15 and arrested at 3.30 am on February 16 for organising an event on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru earlier this month. Unlike the uproar over JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest, there have been no protests or debates over Geelani’s arrest.

“(This is) because he is a Kashmiri Muslim,” says Geelani’s brother, Bismillah. “It is okay for the state to arrest him for something he is not guilty of. No protest has been carried out in his support despite the two cases being similar,” he adds.

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His son, Atif, says, “People are scared of supporting him because they are afraid of the backlash from the state…” His sister adds, “His friends from college have been calling in and a report or two has been written in the media. But that is all.”

They fear that because Geelani was “wrongly” charged with terror links in the past, it is making him a soft target for the government. “There were protests and marches on Afzal Guru’s death for the past three years all across the country. Law students had taken out a procession in the Supreme Court last year. But no one was arrested. What happened this year?” says

Geelani was acquitted by the Delhi High Court in 2003 in the 2001 Parliament blast case, in which he was charged as a co-accused. The family fears the silence around his arrest this time might sabotage his case. Geelani survived an attack on February 8, 2005, when he was shot at five times by assailants outside his lawyer’s residence. He has been provided security by the government since then.

But the absence of a media uproar has also kept his family out of harm’s way. “I do not want photographs of me taken. I do not want to be threatened like Umar Khalid’s sister was,” says Nusrat.

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    Afzal Ahmad
    Feb 29, 2016 at 9:19 pm
    In my opinion one should thoroughly read the Annexation of JandK to India and Article 370 of our consution before expressing any opinion about JandK because half or little knowledge is more dangerous than no knowledge. And before raising an accusing finger towards anyone, know about yourself because if you raise an accusing finger towards others, three point towards yourself. Look what a grave anti-national activity is being done in Agra by Sangh Parivar including the ministers of Central Government who have taken oath in the name of their God to protect the consution and integrity of the country at every cost without fear or favour.
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      Vijay
      Feb 29, 2016 at 3:32 am
      I don't understand one thing. These kashmiri muslims organize anti india event then why the fk they work in an Indian university. Don't they have some shame. Either be a proud Indian. Or else be self respecting at least and stop making in the same plate which gives them food. Now family of such anti national expecting that indians must support him for being anti national. Are Indians so much fool. Nonsense
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        Haroun
        Feb 29, 2016 at 7:06 am
        Geelani is a terrorist. He must rot in Tihar. End of story. So many words in article saying so little.
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        1. subodh mittal
          Feb 29, 2016 at 1:14 am
          Who supported Kasmiri Pandits when they were thrown out of valley.Mercilessly exiled to live in misery.Game plan was to anhilate the demographic pattern.
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            kabita mishra
            Feb 29, 2016 at 5:31 am
            Dear Geelani, who will support you ? The court clearly told that you are in doubt. Then it is your moral duty not do any anti india activity. If you are a gentle man then why you organize such conference. Actually you are fit case to be hanged. This is India that is why you are getting benefit of doubt. Check stan what is going there. In India all states are different in culture so is it prudent to make each state a country ? That is why you are pure terrorist and should be hanged.
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