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Geelani says he will work for undertrials

By Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar
November 06, 2003 19:27 IST
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Delhi university lecturer, S A R Geelani, who was acquitted by the Delhi high court last week in the Parliament attack case, returned home to Srinagar on Thursday afternoon.

He was received by his family and local trade union leaders.

Talking to reporters, Geelani said he would now rededicate himself to the "struggle against injustice and oppression in all forms. I would like to begin by trying to help the undertrials, many of them Kashmiris, who were in jail with me and have no access to legal aid or support."

Recalling his days in jail, he said: "Last two years have been very difficult for me and my family. I have suffered much humiliation and indignity. I was subjected to torture both during the period of investigation and also while I was in jail."

On Kashmir, Geelani said: "I would like to state that I firmly believe in values of democracy and I believe a lasting solution can come about only if the solution is based on the aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

"I am just an ordinary citizen and it is not my views that have a bearing on the complex political question. As a Kashmiri, I would endorse any solution which emerges as a result of a genuinely democratic process and reflects the democratic expression of the people."

Also see: Geelani, Navjot Sandhu acquitted


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