Srinagar, May 16: A Sikh delegation including the leaders of Dal Khalas and Sikhs for Human Rights visited the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat head office at Hyderpora to meet the Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani.
“But the police didn’t allow them to enter the house of Hurriyat chairman. When Geelani Sahab listened about this he immediately came out of his residence and met with the Sikh leaders of the road. On the occasion the Dal Khalsa hit out at J&K chief minister for dancing on the tunes of the BJP led Indian government and following dictations from New Delhi,” a Hurriyat (G) spokesman said in a statement to KNS.
Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh and chairman of Sikhs for Human Rights Harpal Singh Cheema in a joint statement said the BJP was a junior partner but ironically it’s the Hindutva party who’s writ runs in Kashmir. “The BJP was applying same tactics in Punjab. The Hindutva party despite being in minority in Punjab and Kashmir was running the border states via New Delhi. Both the chief ministers Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Parkash Singh Badal has no guts and will to protect the interests and aspirations of their people concerned. Rather in the lust for power and privileges, they unleash injustices on them to appease the people in Delhi,” they alleged.
Pertinently, both the leaders along with senior activist Dr Manjinder Singh were in Srinagar on the invitation of Geelani to attend the seminar titled “How to Resist the Indian state fascism”. But the police detained them to prevent them from attending the seminar. They said “India claims to be a practicing democracy, however, banning the seminar was undemocratic step. Indian media gave bad name (anti-India seminar) to the function only to provoke the BJP led Union government to press upon the state administration for a ban.”
“BJP and its parent body was scared of minorities coming together on single platform to formulate joint strategy to resist the nefarious designs of the common enemy to subsume their identity and suppress their aspirations. We, the Kashmiri Muslims, Sikhs and Christians are the oppressed people and the oppressor is the New Delhi,” they added.
The leaders rued that next day the police didn’t allowed them to meet Geelani at his Hyderpora residence. They said that “We wanted to see him and pay respect to him. But police remained adamant and does not allowed us to enter his residence. However, hearing upon our arguments with cops, Geelani Sahib came out of his house on street and hugged us”.
2015 Kashmir Despatch