Relatives of jailed youth stage protest, seek their release

Relatives of jailed youth stage protest, seek their release

Those arrested included Asif Suhail of Rainwari, Irfan Ahmad Seeru of Nawa Kadal, Ashiq Hussain of Nowhatta, Wahid Abbas Bhat of Rajouri Kadal, Haris Rashid Langoo of Gojwara, Arif Majeed Khan of Hawal and Abdul Ahad Mir of Kupwara.

Relatives of youth from downtown who were arrested last November staged a protest at Rajouri Kadal to demand release of their kin.

Scores of protestors including women blocked the road and demanded immediate release of jailed youth whom they said were being handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA).  “In November last year my brother was detained by police. Later a case was registered against him along with other youth. Since then they are in central jail,” said Bashir Ahmed, brother of Ashiq Hussain who is one of the arrested youth from Nowhatta.

“Few days ago we came to know through media that they (the arrested youth) are to be handed over to NIA. They are innocent…we want their immediate release,” said Bashir Ahmed.

“My son, Irfan Ahmed Seeru was arrested during nocturnal raids on the intervening night of November 24/25,” mother of another arrested youth said. “Their (the arrested youth) Judicial remand ends on 19th of this month. There are media reports suggesting they will be taken outside state. I appeal authorities to release my son.”

Those arrested included Asif Suhail of Rainwari, Irfan Ahmad Seeru of Nawa Kadal, Ashiq Hussain of Nowhatta, Wahid Abbas Bhat of Rajouri Kadal, Haris Rashid Langoo of Gojwara, Arif Majeed Khan of Hawal and Abdul Ahad Mir  of Kupwara.

Earlier in the day police had refuted reports suggesting the youth were being handed over to the NIA. “In this context it is clarified that the instant case FIR No 93/2018 was registered at Police Station Kothi Bagh under relevant sections of law. This case was subsequently taken over by NIA and all the arrested accused persons in this case are presently in Judicial Custody,” police spokesman had said.