The Indian authorities was snatched the body of veteran Kashmir separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and buried in a quiet funeral organised by them under harsh restrictions.
The authorities has restricted the public movement and blocked the internet services to prevent protests across the Kashmir.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son Naseem Geelani said the family had planned the burial at the main martyrs’ graveyard in Srinagar, the region’s main city, as per his will, but “they (police) snatched his body and forcibly buried him,”
“We told the administration that we will bury him at 10am so that our relatives who live in far-off areas could attend,” Naseem Geelani told Al Jazeera.
“But they took the body forcefully at 3am and did not allow any of us to take part in the last prayers. They even argued with the women in the family who resisted taking away his body.”