The patriarch of separatist politics in the Valley and hardline Hurriyat hawk, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, passed away at his residence in Srinagar late Wednesday night. A former elected legislator, the ailing 92-year-old had been under house detention for more than a decade. His death comes when both his and the moderate factions of the Hurriyat are in disarray in the wake of a crackdown by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the abrogation of Article 370 and the downgrade of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. Also Read | Explained: Hurriyat at a crossroads Apprehensive that his funeral may attract large crowds, the security establishment has imposed restrictions across the Valley, including Internet suspension. Police sources say curfew would be imposed. https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png "With shock and grief, we inform (you) that the father of revolution Syed Ali Geelani passed away tonight," tweeted Geelani's Pakistan-based representative Abdullah Geelani. "As per his will, he would be buried at the martyrs' cemetery in Srinagar. The timing of the funeral would be announced later." However, it is unlikely that the government will allow Geelani to be buried at this cemetery. Geelani's legacy will be that of the hardliner who stood up to New Delhi,… Read full this story
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