Indian police videos of Kashmir leader's funeral stir fresh anger

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Anger mounts over police footage of Syed Ali Geelani's funeral, which his family say they were barred from attending.
Anger mounts in disputed region over police footage of Syed Ali Shah Geelani's funeral, which his family say they were barred from attending.

Indian security forces are maintaining an armed guard around the grave of an iconic Kashmir separatist leader, amid mounting public anger over police footage of his funeral, which his family say they were barred from attending.

Indian authorities have imposed a security clampdown in the contested Himalayan region since the death of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, a leading separatist voice over the past five decades, last Wednesday at the age of 92.

The next day, his son Naseem Geelani told Al Jazeera the armed police "snatched his (Geelani's) body and forcibly buried him" in the middle of the night and "did not allow any of us to take part in final prayers".

Police have denied the accusations but faced fresh outrage after posting videos on Twitter on Monday, showing Geelani's body being washed, wrapped in a shroud and buried.

Video of wrapping Shroud (Kafan) after Abolution (Ghusul) of SAS Geelani. pic.twitter.com/DiACrXhbfj — Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) September 6, 2021

Fearing protests, his grave in Indian-administered Kashmir's main city of Srinagar is under armed guard and visitors are not allowed.

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