16 April, Srinagar
The Centre has asked Jammu and Kashmir Government to take strictest possible steps against those involved in anti-national actions during a rally by separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani yesterday on the outskirts of Srinagar.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed Wednesday night and made it clear that the issue of national security cannot be compromised.
According to official sources , the Chief Minister briefed Singh about what happened at the rally and the situation there. After a gap of five years, Jammu and Kashmir Government Wednesday allowed Geelani to hold the rally where his supporters including Masarat Alam, released from jail last month, raised pro-Pakistan slogans.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to decide on the re-arrest of senior hardline separatist leader Masrat Alam Bhat, following registering a case by state Police against hardline Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Peer Saifullah and others under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The case was registered for making inflammatory speeches and hoisting Pakistani flag at a rally organized by Syed Ali Geelani Hurriyat Conference led by at Hyderpora Srinagar Wednesday .
Talking to media on the sidelines of relief distribution function organised for flood hit traders and destitute at Anantnag in South Kashmir Thursday , Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said law will take its own course.
He said action has been initiated in the matter. Police sources also did not confirm any action like re-arresting Masrat Alam and others named in the FIR at Budgam police station, as of now.
Meanwhile, in Jammu political parties like BJP and Congress have raised voice against the happenings at yesterday’s Hyderpora Rally event.
After a gap of five years, Jammu and Kashmir Government yesterday allowed Geelani to hold the rally where his supporters including Masarat Alam, released from jail last month, raised pro-Pakistan slogans and others waved Pakistani flags.
Alam, who was released soon after PDP-BJP government came to power in the state, led the march from the Srinagar Airport to Geelani’s residence at Hyderpora. This was Geelani’s first public rally after the 2010 summer agitation in Srinagar in which over 100 youths were killed. Alam was a key player in the entire agitation and used to issue a weekly schedule for strikes.