2 sons killed, 75-yr old Jama'at leader booked under PSA

2 sons killed, 75-yr old Jama'at leader booked under PSA

As per the dossier vide no. PROSS/PSA/2016/20928 Dated 9-8-16, prepared by police, “Sheikh motivates and instigates the youth of the town Sopore for creating law and order problems, thereby disturbing the peace and tranquility of the area.”

Police have booked senior Jama’at Islami leader Muhammad Yousuf Sheikh of Sopore under controversial Public Safety Act for his alleged role in participating in pro-freedom protests and the accused has been shifted to Kupwara jail.

Sheikh, resident of Iqbal Nagar Sopore, as per dossier prepared by Sopore police, “is an active member of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and has been leading unruly and violent mobs at least on three occasions in Sopore during the present crisis.” He has been also accused of propagating anti-India sentiments and instigating youth against state.

As per the dossier vide no. PROSS/PSA/2016/20928 Dated 9-8-16, prepared by police, “Sheikh motivates and instigates the youth of the town Sopore for creating law and order problems, thereby disturbing the peace and tranquility of the area.”

“On 21-7-2016 at ChinkiporaSopore, a violent mob led by Sheikh and his associates resorted to heavy stone pelting upon police/security forces vehicles, a case under FIR NO. 251/2016 U/S 307, 147,148,149,336,427 RPC 3 PPD Act stands registered in police station Sopore,” reads the dossier.

Two other cases framed against Muhammad Yousuf Sheikh are for leading violent mob and instigating them for stone pelting on police and security forces on July 24 and 30.

“On July 24 and 30, you and your associates led a unruly mob and resorted to heavy stone pelting on police and security forces due to which some security personnel got injured seriously. An FIR vide no. 267/2016 and 287/2016 under section 307,147,148,149,336,332, and 427 RPC 3 PPD stands registered against you in police station Sopore.”

When contacted, superintendent of police Sopore Harmeet Singh said the detained person was involved in ‘instigating’ youths for stone pelting and ‘propagating’ anti-India sentiments in the area.

“He was involved in instigating young people for stone pelting and was using mosques for propagating anti-India sentiments,” he said. “Sheikh is associated with Jama’at Islami and is close to Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. He has returned some six months back from Pakistan visit and since then his activities were being closely monitored.”

Sheikh Muhammad Yousuf is an influential person in Sopore because of his social and religious contribution and has been associated with Jamaat Islami for past 52 years.

The family has passed through turbulent times after its two sons were killed during the ongoing turmoil in Kashmir.

Altaf Ahmad Sheikh, the elder son of Sheikh Muhammad Yousuf, a government employee in health department, was killed by unknown gunmen last year. His younger son Rouf Ahmad Sheikh, PhD in Islamic Studies was killed by armed forces in the year 2000 at Srinagar.