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‘He is a student’: Family members protest in Srinagar, seek kin’s release from NIA custody

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Family members of an 18-year-old Srinagar resident Arsalan protesting in Srinagar's Press Colony. The teenager is in NIA custody now. [FPK Photo/ Muzamil Bashir]

Srinagar: Family members and relatives of an 18-year-old Srinagar resident on Saturday staged a protest demonstration in Press Enclave seeking his release from custody.

The teenager, Arsalan Feroz, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India after its sleuths conducted a raid at Arsalan’s residential house in Srinagar on Friday.

One of the protesting family members told reporters that a team of NIA raided their residential house in Zaldagar when Arsalan when not present at home.

“The agency found nothing suspicious and later ordered us to call Arsalan. We produced Arsalan before the police and yesterday we were shocked after learning about a statement from NIA that Arsalan is a TRF operative,” she said.

Holding a placard, the family member added, “He (Arsalan) is a 12th class student and we produced him before police ourselves. Earlier he had been arrested but was released after police found him innocent”.

Appealing to the Manoj Sinha led JK administration and Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, the family has sought help in releasing the Arsalan.

Pertinently, India’s probe agency, earlier issued a statement claiming that it has arrested a “TRF/LeT operative” in Srinagar. (KNT)

 

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