Geelani Blames 2 Jamia Students for Press Club 'Anti-India' Event

Geelani told he was approached by Jamia students Mudassir Raza and Umair to hold a seminar on ‘Afzal Guru’s martyrdom’.

Published: 21st February 2016 05:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st February 2016 05:43 AM   |  A+A-

Former Delhi University lecturer SAR Geelani, arrested for sedition in connection with a Press Club event on February 9, has blamed two Jamia Millia University students for the programme. Interrogators told Express that Geelani was evasive. They said Geelani told them he was approached by Jamia students Mudassir Raza and Umair to hold a seminar on ‘Afzal Guru’s martyrdom’. He said both Raza, a researcher in peace and conflict studies, and Umair belong to South Kashmir and were responsible for mobilising the crowd for the event. “Geelani claimed a Jamia student gave a fiery speech on ‘Martyrdom’  but feigned ignorance about the student’s identity. He also said a Kashmiri youth sang a song dedicated to ‘martyrdom of Afzal Guru’ but claimed he didn’t know him either,” a source said. Though Geelani admitted that the audience raised anti-India slogans, he was evasive when asked about posters on Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat. He admitted to knowing Umar Khalid, a JNU student leader, and one of the organisers of the event.

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