Indian soldiers have been deployed to locations deemed sensitive in Kashmir after the death and night-time burial of a veteran liberation leader who died of natural causes at the age of 91, under obligated house arrest.
The Indian controlled authorities have turned off the internet in the area as a precautionary measure and introduced restrictions in the Kashmir valley following Geelani’s passing.
Troops are being deployed at sensitive places in Srinagar and other major towns and no vehicular movement is being allowed,” another police official told the media outlet. An official said that access to Geelani’s residence had been completely sealed off.
Kashmiri politician Syed Ali Shah Geelani was buried overnight following his death at the age of 91 on Wednesday evening. He passed away having developed chest pains and congestion, it is understood that he had been ill for some time.
Only a handful of relatives, including his two sons, attended the 4:30am ceremony near his home in the city of Srinagar. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said Geelani’s passing would be marked with a day of mourning.
Geelani, the most senior separatist leader in Kashmir, had been living under house arrest for the last 12 years having played a leading role in several liberation and anti-India protests.
Tensions have long simmered in Kashmir where liberation groups have campaigned for the independence of the territory, which as a whole, falls both in India and Pakistan.
But, amid competing claims from independence leaders and Pakistan and India, China has also laid claim to parts of the region.
In 2019, Geelani quit the hard-line Hurriyat Conference, a group of secessionist parties formed after a 1993-armed uprising against New Delhi, claiming it was ineffective in countering India’s increasingly tight grip on Kashmir.
During the same year, India removed the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir state, replacing it with a federal administration.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.