‘Police detain minors in Islamabad’
Srinagar, June 27: Parents of a 9th class student, Aishan Amin of Islamabad (Anantnag) town detained by police on charges of stone pelting Wednesday claimed their son was a “minor” and accused police of arresting him under “false charges.”
Aishan of Mattan Chowk was among dozens of persons rounded by the police following clashes on the death anniversary of founder of Umat-I-Islami, Dr Qazi Nissar on June, 19.
The date-of-birth certificate of Aishan, student of 9th standard in New Public Senior Secondary School, Sarnal, Islamabad, issued by the school authorities, showed Aishan is less than 14 years old. According to the school records, Aishans DOB is October 31, 1998.
“My son is innocent. He had gone to purchase medicines for his mother who is a cardiac patient when police picked him,” said Aishan’s father, Muhammad Amin Bhat. “Though we produced his Date of Birth Certificate (DOB) before police, they did not listen and booked our son under serious offences,” said Bhat.
Aishan has been booked under FIR No 197/ 2012 U/S 147, 148,149,336, 152 RPC and 13 Unlawful Activities Act (ULA). “My son has been lodged in District Jail with hard core criminals,” said Bhat.
Aishan’s mother, Shameema Akhtar said his son was suffering from several ailments and is on medication. “My son cannot bear separation from me,” she said amid sobs.
Not only Aishan’s, families of many young boys detained by police on charges of stone pelting on June 19 accused authorities of detaining their wards on false grounds.
Muhammad Ramzan Malik, Father of another arrestee, Muhammad Rafiq Malik of Soibugh of central Kashmir’s district Budgam claimed that his son was only 16 years old. He too accused police of detaining his son on false grounds.
“I own a shop in the Reshi Bazar (Islamabad town) and my son had brought shawls for my customers. He was not part of the protest,” Malik said.
He said that they have been moving from pillar to post for justice but to no avail.
“We had also been requesting the police to provide us the copy of the report since Wednesday morning so that we can move a bail application in the court but nobody is listening to us,” Malik said.
Showing the Date of Birth (DOB) certificate of his son, Malik said, “My son is studying in 11th standard and is barely 16 but he has been charged with serious offences”.
Rafiq has been booked under FIR No 197/ 2012 U/S 147, 148,149,336, 152 RPC and 13 Unlawful Activities Act (ULA).
The other boys detained by the police include Shah Faisal son of Muhammad Altaf of Nazuk Mohalla Cheeni Chowk, a 10th class student. Rayees Ahmad Kharadi son of Muhammad Rafiq, Irfan Ahmad Sheikh son of Abdul Aziz Sheikh of Reban, Yaripora, a 10th class student and Zahid Shafi Wagay son of Muhammad Shafi Wagay, a 12th class student from Reban Yaripora,
Parents of Zahid Shafi Wagay said that Zahid could not even attend the marriage ceremony of his elder sister which was held on Sunday.
The Senior Superintendent of Police, Islamabad (Anantnag), RK Jalla said those detained on June 19 were on police remand. "We have submitted our report to the court and the moment they get bail, we will let them go,” the SSP said.
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