‘Our son not a militant’: Family of arrested youth stage protests

Srinagar: Family members of Zahoor Ahmad Rather, the youth arrested last week by police with a claim that he is a top The Resistance Front (TRF) militant involved in the killing of three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers last year, on Monday staged a protest demonstration in Srinagar, asserting that he is innocent and had nothing to do with militancy after he surrendered in 2006.

The family also claimed that Zahoor was taken away from his rented accommodation where he was putting up with his wife and two children on midnight of February 13 and there are no whereabouts about him since then.

“I want to appeal the government to deliver us justice. We went to Police Station Dooru and the policemen there said they have not picked him and that he was arrested by Anantnag Police. We went to them but they did not show him. We want to request the government to show where Zahoor is. We want to appeal the police and the government to show him,” Meena, Zahoor’s sister accompanied by other family members, told reporters at Press Enclave in Srinagar.

She said Zahoor used to sell dry-fruits like walnuts to sustain himself and the family comprising his wife and two minor children.

“Police carried out a raid at around 2:30 a.m. on February 13 and picked him. He is being implicated and has nothing to do with militancy after he surrendered in 2006,” she said.

Police, she said, were not providing his whereabouts. “Please provide the details. He is innocent. He is suffering from various ailments like high blood pressure, diabetes and had an eye surgery also,” she said.

Police on Saturday claimed that Zahoor is a top TRF militant and was arrested from Samba district of Jammu.

Inspector-General of Police for Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar, told GNS on last Saturday that a team of police from Anantnag arrested Zahoor alias Sahil alias Khalid of TRF on the intervening night of February 12 and 13. He said that Zahoor was hiding in Samba and was arrested following specific information by Anantnag Police.

The Resistance Front (TRF) is an offshoot of Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit, the IGP maintained.

“He was involved in the killing of three BJP workers in Kulgam last year and one policeman at Furra in the South Kashmir district,” the top Kashmir police officer had said, adding, “Zahoor is being brought to Kashmir for further investigations.”

(Syndicated feed from GNS)


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