Teens held for ‘stone pelting’
Govt claims fall flat
Srinagar, July 27: Despite the tall claims of the Government that no teenager involved in stone pelting were presently lodged in jails, police has arrested two teenagers allegedly on charges of disturbing law and order in South Kashmir’s Islamabad (Anantnag) district.
Police claims that the duo was allegedly involved in stone pelting incidents.
Adnan Khurshid and Aqib Bashir, both aged approximately 14 years were detained by Sherbagh police station on Monday after a resident from the area allegedly complained to the police that the duo along with their friend, Shahid had a heated argument with him. “As a family member I have apologized to the resident,” Adnan’s uncle, Fayaz Ahmad Wagay said. “Later he (complainant) changed his mind and asked police to release them. The police said they won’t be releasing them since they were involved in stone pelting”.
Wagay said, the police released Shahid because he was influential while as the duo was detained as they belonged to poor families.
“The have filed an FIR and charged them with stone pelting in January 26, 2011,” Wagay said. “Both Adnan and Aqib have been charged under attempt to murder under section 307 and other unlawful acts”.
He said Adnan was a minor and he was just 14-years-old. Adnan who hails from Naibasti Islamabad (Anantnag) was an orphan and the lone bread earner of the family.
“His father died two years ago. He left studies in eighth class and was now running a STD shop near DC office,” Wagay said. “We are making rounds of police stations, but they didn’t released him or either his friend”. Adnan has a mother and two sisters.
Another accused, Aqib Bashir belongs from Gulshanabad and was studying in 10th grade. “His is 14-year-old. They say minors are not detained. Why was he arrested,” Aquib’s father, Bashir Ahmad asked. Ahmad who is drives an auto rickshaw said after his arrest police did not divulge why they were detained.
“I don’t know when there was a pending FIR, why police didn’t arrested the duo? Why now?” he said.
The family members also alleged that the duo was tortured under detention.
“Adnan cannot digest food,” Adnan’s uncle, Fayaz Ahmad Wagay said. “He has been tortured. He told me he was given electric shocks on his private parts. He also told me that three four policemen get over him and routed his body”.
SHO Sherbagh police station, Liaqat Ahmad Khan said both were arrested since they were “active stone pelters”.
“They were involved in stone pelting that is why they have been arrested,” Khan said. Asked they were minors since they were aged only 14, SHO said, “There is no stone pelters in the area who are adults. All of them are young. How can we leave them”.
He said there were many persons in the area who are still wanted by the police.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 27 Jul 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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