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'Kashmir will BURN if Afzal Guru is hanged'

canada goose uk shop December 13, 2011, marks 10 years of the dastardly attack on Parliament, when five terrorists barged into the premises of India's legislature and gunned down eight security personnel and one gardener before being gunned down themselves. canada goose uk shop

India may have forgotten the terror canada goose coats strike and moved on. But Professor Syed Abdul Rehman Geelani doesn't have canada goose clearance the luxury to do so. Geelani was canada goose deals accused of being the mastermind of the attack and charged under the stringent Prevention of Terrorism Act and had to spend 20 months in jail. He was later acquitted by the Supreme Court.

On the 10th anniversary of the attack on Indian Parliament, Vicky Nanjappa talks to Professor SAR Geelani about the trauma of being wrongfully accused in the case, the investigation and Afzal Guru's conviction.

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Life has become very difficult after the incident. I was a common man who could roam everywhere. Today I feel restricted and I am constantly watched. Despite my name being cleared, I am identified each time this subject comes up. This image has been buy canada goose jacket cheap fixed in the minds of the people and I have to live with it everyday.

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Unfortunately, in this country if someone is accused of a crime, things are blown out to such a proportion that it becomes difficult for the person to have a normal life again. Even an acquittal is not enough canada goose and the media continues to depict that person as an accused each time the incident is spoken about.

When person is acquitted, the media does not give that enough coverage to ensure that the person's name is cleared. The acquittal comes after several years and the people too are not told what the truth is. The earlier Canada Goose sale image sticks in their mind and this is applicable in my case as well. did you cope with the situation?

It was not easy at all. I was branded as the mastermind of the Parliament attack. I had various questions to answer and the burden of several charges. I really thank my family and friends who stood by me as they knew I was innocent.

canada goose coats on sale I would specially thank (advocate) Ram Jethmalani for all the help he gave me in this case. All these people put a lot at stake while supporting me. They have lost out canada goose coats on sale a buy canada goose jacket lot but they never gave up on canada goose black friday sale me. canada goose coats on sale

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Canada Goose Online After the incident, the police were groping in the dark. They had to show results but did not know who the real culprit was. They were desperate to link this attack with Kashmir and needed some names desperately. Canada Goose Online

So they projected Canada Goose Parka me as the mastermind. I was a known face in Delhi, I was a human rights defender and had canada goose outlet organised canada goose clearance sale many meetings regarding Kashmir. I was well placed in Delhi University. They found me an easy target and hence made me the mastermind in this attack.

What is your opinion about the case that was put together after the attack?

canada goose black friday sale This attack was an embarrassment. About the investigation, I would say nothing is clear. The essence of democracy is missing and the people are not asking any questions. Till date, no one really knows who was behind this attack. canada goose black friday sale

We have prepared white papers, raised questions and even questioned the government. But they do not have the answers. Nobody knows who really attacked Parliament. It is said that https://www.gooseyou.com the people who were killed were Pakistanis.

canada goose The court says these were Pakistanis as no one has claimed their bodies. There are many such photographs of people in police stations whose bodies have not been claimed. Can you just jump to a conclusion on the basis of that? canada goose

Are you saying there was some Indian connection?

buy canada goose jacket cheap There is no harm in exploring that angle. India had already stationed heavy troops across the border, giving the impression that the country would go to war. That gave the impression that maybe something was known much in advance. buy canada goose jacket cheap

are your thoughts about the case of Afzal Guru (who was convicted in the Parliament attack case and is currently on death row)?

buy canada goose jacket Go through the judgment on Afzal Guru and you will realise that there has been a miscarriage of justice. For him, the case started off on a very bad note. He could not afford a good lawyer and he had written to the Canada Goose online court about the same. buy canada goose jacket

canada goose store But a junior lawyer was appointed and despite him protesting, he never got proper legal help. Afzal had said he felt that the lawyer being allotted to him was biased. The court said that this lawyer would only assist the court. Afzal was finally handed out a death sentence on the basis of his so called confessional statement. canada goose store

Canada Goose sale Signatures from Canada Goose Jackets him were obtained by force and the police wrote what they wanted. Even the judgment says that the conviction was based on circumstantial evidence. It is also said he had identified the bodies of the slain terrorists. He protested that this was untrue and the confession was forced. The court then told him Canada Goose Outlet that he could cross examine the witnesses. Do you think that someone like Afzal, with no expertise whatsoever, can conduct a cross examination in such a high profile case? Canada Goose sale

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It surely will and peace will be derailed. The people of Kashmir know that injustice has been meted out to him. Hanging him would create a big problem.

Do you think that lack of stringent anti terror laws is the reason behind terror strikes continuing unabated?

No. In a democratic system, these laws have no place. We never addressed the root cause of the problem of terrorism. The investigation agencies have never probed these cases seriously. They always do a hotch potch job. Look at cases like the Mecca Masjid blasts, Samjhauta Express blasts among others.

cheap canada goose uk The police have always dealt with these cases with a closed mind and hence the problem has never been solved. Laws such as POTA and TADA have never been the answer to the problem. We have had such laws and look at the way canadian goose jacket in which they have been misused. cheap canada goose uk

canada goose factory sale The manner in which cases of terror are investigated has to be reconsidered. The manner in which blasts are taking place and investigations are being conducted, it makes me suspect that there is something fishy canada goose factory sale.

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