India Lockdown Kashmir after Separatist Leader Dies
India locks Kashmir after separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani dies
Netgenz - Politic International | The Indian government closed (lockdown) the Kashmir region after Indian separatist politician Syed Ali Shah Geelani died in Srinagar, Wednesday (1/9). Geelani himself was buried on Thursday (2/9) early in the morning local time to avoid mass cancellations. The government also closed communication lines in the area and supplied troops in the area to prevent protests. "There was tight security at the funeral, including plainclothes," said one of the officials. Complete troops on the main roads and checkpoints around Geelani's house. The move was made to prevent protests after Geelani's death.
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"Troops are deployed in sensitive places in Srinagar and other major cities, no movement of vehicles is permitted," a police officer told CNN. most shops are also closed and vehicle movement is restricted. Internet and cellular network connection cuts have also been made since Wednesday night. Kashmir is a joint territory between India and Pakistan. However, New Delhi's policy of dividing Jammu and Kashmir into two federal territories led to conflict. This move was opposed by Kashmir and led to Geelani leaving the Hurriyat Conference faction. Geelani said he failed to prevent India from tightening the disputed area. The conference was created in 1993 as a political medium for Indian separatist groups.
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Geelani died on Wednesday (1/9) at the age of 91. He was in prison for 12 years. He also often led the anti-India movement throughout his life. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Former Jammu & Kashmir Prime Minister Mehbooba Mufti also offered their condolences.