‘My 14-yr old son is not a militant’

Palhallan Family Pleads Innocence

ALTAF BABA

Baramulla, Dec 22: Rebuffing the police claim that the boy arrested in Raipora Palhallan is involved in the killing of a Sarpanch, the family of boy has accused the police of falsely implicating their son.
 Police on Friday said it arrested Altaf Ahmad Ganai of Raipora Palhallan and claimed that the boy was involved in the killing of a Sarpanch at Palhallan this year.
 Dismissing the police charges, the family said that forces are deliberately resorting to harassment by arresting innocents on false charges.
 “In September this year, police arrested Nasir Molvi from Palhallan area and claimed that he is involved in the killing of Sarpanch and now they have devised one more story. We fail to understand the motive behind these repeated claims by security forces," said a relative of Altaf.
 Pleading his innocence, the family said that their son is hardly 14-year old and can’t kill anyone.
 Terming the forces’ claim of arresting the youth on December 19 baseless, the father of the arrested youth said that he was not arrested by the forces “but we handed him over to the STF Pattan after they sought his presence in the camp for some investigation purpose.”
 “I was called by the STF authorities of Pattan camp on December 8. After some time, they insisted me to get my son Altaf for some enquiry purposes and assured me that he will be released soon. However, he was not released and instead wrongly implicated in the Sarpanch's killing case," said Abdul Hamid Ganaie.
 “He left his studies just one year back and was employed in a nearby mobile shop in Raipora village. He was never involved in any subversive activity,” he said.
 “We both were together, miles away from the place of occurrence of the incident. How can a person be present simultaneously at two places,” questions Ghulam Mohiudin, his another relative.
 When contacted, a police official said the militant outfits have changed their strategy and instead of taking youths across the border are providing them light training in the valley itself so that they remain within the society and carry out their activities without being noticed.
 “The arrested youth has been detained after prolonged investigation. His involvement in the killing of Sarpanch in October this year at Palhallan has been established and he has admitted his hand in the killing," said the official.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 23 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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