Geelani refuses to use govt’s chopper

Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday appealed ailing Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani to use the state-owned helicopter so that he could be airlifted to New Delhi for treatment, but the octogenarian leader out rightly the offer. 


Highly placed sources said that on the directions of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmed Shah along with DC Budgam Khurshid Ahmed and other senior police officials visited his Hyderpora.


Sources said that the bureaucrats while inquiring about the health of Geelani offered him state chopper for New Delhi. Sources said that both the officials had a detailed conversation with the ailing leader. 


Sources said that Geelani rejected their offer and thanked them for their good gesture. When contacted, Hurriyat G spokesperson Ayaz Akbar said the two bureaucrats arrived at Geelani’s residence and requested him to use the service of government chopper. “Geelani rejected their offer and said that the move cannot be justified at a time when he along with millions of Kashmiri people is up in arms against India and its mainstream politicians who leave no stone unturned to make the Indian rule strong here,” he said. 


One of the bureaucrats said on condition of anonymity that they went to Geelani residence on the directions of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to inquire about his health. “He (Geelani) is stable and people should not believe in rumours,” he said.