A 16-year-old boy from Shopian was on Tuesday taken to a observation home in Harwan after authorities intervened following a report in Greater Kashmir about police detaining him illegally.
Superintendent of the home for suspected juvenile offenders, Yusra Rasool said "the boy was brought to the observation home on Tuesday evening."
A police statement had claimed that "In a joint operation by Delhi and J&K police, two militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, including a juvenile, were nabbed from Shopian. The arrested militant was identified as Kifayatullah Bukhari, a resident of Shopian and a juvenile was apprehended."
"They were nabbed at special blockade setup in Shopian on Friday, 11th January this year. The special cell officials were identifying the various modules inspired by the ISIS group and terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) who are procuring weapons from north India. It was revealed that the militant organizations were planning to extend their activities in Delhi and nearby areas."
Deputy Commissioner Police (DCP) (special cell), P S Kushwah said in the statement to press, "This year, a specific input was received regarding movement of HM militants in National Capital Region (NCR) for procuring sophisticated small weapons. It has been learnt that small weapons are difficult to arrange in J&K and the HM militants are procuring the same from NCR. Information was received recently that a militant has arranged sophisticated weapons and will join HM as an active militant. Later, the information was shared with police in Shopian district. A trap was laid and we apprehended two active HM militants."
On January 7, a 14-year-old boy from Tral in southern Kashmir was detained by police and was charged under provisions of Arms Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and attempt to murder.
A few days later, police detained another juvenile from Awantipora and sent him to Kathua for questioning.
On January 13, another juvenile, who police claim is a militant has been apprehended from Shopian.
Chairperson of the Selection Committee (SCOC) – an apex body for the monitoring and evaluation of Juvenile Justice Act, Hasnain Masoodi said, "After Greater Kashmir reported about the detention of the juvenile, I contacted Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) as well as Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Shopian and they immediately traced the juvenile and persuaded the police to present him before the JJB and thereafter he was taken to observation Home."