SRINAGAR: The Indian government has prepared a “kill list” of Kashmiri leaders, civil society members and activists, separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani alleged as tensions continued to simmer in the Valley.

In a letter, Geelani said Kashmir was “occupied” by India and said the current unrest in the Valley had provided a powerful push towards “freedom”.

“Never before have we been so close to freedom with such clarity as we are now,” he said in the letter, released after his scheduled press conference was restricted by authorities.

Police did not allow any journalist, photographer and television cameramen to proceed towards Geelani’s house.

“I don’t know why the press conference was not allowed, decision must have been taken at the district administration level. If his statement has anything anti-national, anything against the law, it will attract action,” said state director general of police K Rajendra Kumar.

Geelani’s comments came after more than two months of violence following the killing of insurgent leader Burhan Wani. At least 90 people have died in clashes with security forces.

Geelani described the ongoing turmoil as a “people’s resistance”. “We have no resources. We have no army. We have no media. But our greatest strength is our truth, unity and our determination to free ourselves…” he wrote.

Geelani described how Kashmiris have been killed, maimed and blinded in the ongoing turmoil and how different sections of professionals have sacrificed their livelihoods to support the “struggle”.

“The current phase of the freedom struggle has provided a powerful push towards our goal of freedom, which is very much in sight,” he wrote.

He also thanked Pakistan for being a “friend” and “well wisher”.

“Pakistan and its people shared our pain and raised their voice in our support…Pakistan and its people have taken an ethical stand to support our struggle morally, politically and diplomatically.”

He also thanked China, Norway, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Iran, Turkey and to the Organization of Islamic countries (OIC).