In a statement Geelani said that “for the last 71 years we have seen only the brutal face of India, lived a life of uncertainty, chaos and harassment, have only shouldered the coffins of our dear ones, seen only death and destruction are around. This gloomy situation has forced our high qualified scholars and intellectuals to take the extreme step. They prefer to be a rebellion than to live a life of slavery.”
He said that “pro-freedom people will always miss the sharp, focused and fertile brains like that of Manan and these shining diamonds are unparalleled assets of any nation particularly oppressed and suppressed like us.”
He said that “we are unfortunate that we lose them so early as their un-dented commitment and visionary intellect would help to smoothen our struggle for our rights.”
Hurriyat chairman said that “arresting, those who had came to condole the death of their hero, is nothing but vengeance and cowardice and can only be done by a biased and arrogant power, no matter how big it is.”
This is lowest of low to which an oppressor can go and is the indication of a morally and ethically bankrupt nation, he said.
Strongly condemning the cold-blooded murderer of Hurriyat activist Tariq Ahmad Ganie, Geelani said that “after failing to curb the pro-freedom sentiment of people, India has stooped low to take revenge by starting to target freedom loving people using the mask of “unknown”, thereby creating an atmosphere of fare and chaos so that people can not dare to raise their voice against violation of their fundamental rights.”
Hurriyat chairman condoled the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.