Scores of residents of Maingah area held a protest demonstration at district headquarter Kupwara on Wednesday against the detention of five persons by 41RR Army unit based in the area.
According to the protesting families, Army personnel came during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday and barged into their houses at 2 am and held five persons, who work as labourers.
"Army personnel barged into our home, broke the door and other things of the house. They abused us and and took away my younger brother, who was sleeping, without giving any reason," said Sakeena, whose brother has been detained.
Habibullah Khan, father of another detained person, said the detainees were taken in an army gypsy and when they protested and tried to follow the vehicle, army blocked the vehicle with the barbed wire.
He said the concerned army officer told them that they had information that these people are planning to cross Line of Control and that is why they have been detained by the army and handed over to the police officials (JIC) for investigation.
The family members of these detainees staged a protest outside Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) Kupwara early morning.
"We came here in Deputy Commissioner's office Kupwara to put this issue into his notice and appeal him to ask the authorities to release our Kin's as they are innocent," said a family member.
The families identified the detainees as Abdul Qayoom son of Raj Mohammd Khan, Shamreez Khan son of Naik Mohammad, Farooq Ahmad son of Habibullah Khan, Manzoor Ahmad Khan son of Abdul Rasheed Pathan and Reyaz Ahmad Khan son of Sajad Khan. Three among the five are married.
When contacted PRO Army Rajesh Kalia about the incident he said, "I am ascertaining the details."
Senior superintendent of police, Kupwara Ram AmbarkarDinkar said police are verifying the back ground details of the detainees. However, added, so far, they have not found any criminal record against them.