Hurriyat Conference (G) will take legal action against those who edited Syed Ali Geelani’s Wikipedia page and declared him dead, the pro-resistance amalgam said on Wednesday.
The Jammu and Kashmir government officials were on tenterhooks till late night following a rumour surrounding the ailing Hurriyat chairman, Geelani, fuelled by edited Wikipedia page where he was declared dead. But the Wiki page was later modified.
The rumour reached its crescendo when some youth were planning to announce the news on the public address system of mosques in old parts of Srinagar. The timely intervention stopped them from calling people out on roads. They were using public address system because all phone lines and internet services were not functioning, apparently due to technical snag induced by heavy snowfall in the Himalayan region.
The amalgam said Geelani’s condition is stable and urged people not to pay heed to rumours or create panic.
“Geelani is showing improvement and is recovering. Don’t trust rumours and do not create panic. He is stable and there is no need to panic,” his son Nayeem Geelani said.
He urged people to pray for Geelani’s health. “He would be flown to New Delhi as soon as possible for a few medical tests and check-up,” he added.
Hurriyat spokesperson Ayaz Akbar urged people to keep praying for the octogenarian leader. A number of people mostly youth including some resistance leaders visited the ailing leader on Wednesday morning.
Akbar further said the amalgam will expose those who are spreading rumours. “We will take legal action against a particular Hindi news channel which reported false news against our leader,” he said.
“He will be treated by Dr Sameer Koul and Dr Sarabhai there with whom we are in touch. Geelani is suffering multiple ailments. Today, Dr Navid and Dr Khuroo checked him at Hyderpora,” he said, adding a number of youth have offered to donate their kidney to the ailing leader but his kidney is functioning properly.
We are trying our to trace the rumor mongers and are also investigating as to how Wikipedia and New Delhi based news channel carried out baseless news about the pro-freedom leader, the amalgam spokesman said.
He said consultations are going on to expose the people or agencies responsible for spreading these rumors. “As a result of these baseless rumors since March 11 evening innumerable telephonic calls are being received from within and outside state enquiring about the well being of Geelani and thousands of people visited the Hyderpora residence today to know about the condition and health of their leader,” he said.