Srinagar, Nov 9: The relatives of model-cum-businessman Tariq Ahmad Dar, 27, who was taken into custody by the Delhi Police on September 25 at Indira Gandhi International Airport while coming from Dhaka, on Thursday described him as innocent and called for his release.
Addressing a press conference here, Tariq's father Gazi Ghulam Nabi Kashmiri, a resident of Srinagar's posh Nigeen area, said his son was working in Bangladesh for past eight years. Besides doing business, he said, Tariq was also engaged in modeling there. In 2003, he received "Mr. Dhaka," said Gazi.
He said Bangladesh's Rapid Action Force took Tariq into custody on September 15 on the basis of a complaint that he posses illegal documents.
He said when he heard that his son was taken into custody, he rushed to Dhaka. "At that time the Union Water Resources Minister Prof. Saifuddin Soz was also in Dhaka," he said, adding that he met Prof. Soz and asked him to look into the matter.
He said the then Prime Minister of Bangladesh Khalida Zia intervened in the matter and later Indian High Commission informed him that all cases against Tariq were withdrawn. He said it was happiest moment when he heard that Tariq will be released and sent to New Delhi. Tariq was released by the Bangladeshi Government and handed over to Indian High Commission in Dhaka, he said.
He was sent to New Delhi on September 25. However, when he arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, the Delhi police took him into custody.
Initially, Tariq was taken into police remand for six days. Later, the police again sought remand for him. A court allowed the police to conduct his questioning. When Tariq was again brought before the Tis Hazari Court yesterday, the concerned magistrate was not present and another magistrate remanded him to 15-days custody in Tihar jail, said Tariq's father.
He said Tariq on the occasion told media persons that the Delhi police forced him to sign some blank papers.
"My son has been implicated, severely tortured and forced to accept what he was not," said Gazi as he appealed to the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister to intervene into the matter.
"My son has been in handicrafts business for the past one decade. It is requested that his arrest should be looked into impartially and he should be released forthwith," he said, adding that he has also written to Singh and Azad.