The family members of three alleged militant recruits, who were arrested by government forces in north Kashmir’s Sopore, held a protest outside Deputy Commissioner’s office in Baramulla and demanded their release.
According to GNS correspondent, the protesters alleged that their sons namely Rayees Ahmad Bhat, son of Muhammad Ramzan Bhat, resident of Harwan Sopore, Sajad Ahmad Bhat, son of Ghulam Mohd Bhat, resident of Harwan Sopore and Shabir Ahmad Kumar, son of Habibullah Kumar R/O Harwan Sopore, have been ‘falsely’ implicated in militancy related cases.
“They were falsely implicated by army. They were arrested four days ago and were earlier sent to cargo for a day. From cargo, they were brought to Bomai police station where they were supposed to be released. However, surprisingly, yesterday at 5 pm, an army officer came and he photographed them with arms and ammunition,” Muhammad Ashraf, cousin of Shabir Ahmad Kumar, told GNS, “They were also thrashed.”
The family members of the arrested persons told GNS that except Shabir, Rayees and Sajad were also detained almost a year ago but were later released. “That time, they were not booked as they were not found involved in any militancy related incident,” they said.
The Superintendent of Police Sopore, Abdul Qayoom, told GNS that the arrested boys are militants. “They were also arrested earlier but were released. We released them thinking that they would refrain from militant activities but they again adopted militant path and now arresting them was last resort,” he said.
He told GNS that police gave these youth lot of chance but to no avail.
Pertinently, police on Sunday as well as Monday, said it, with the assistance of army’s 30 Rashtriya Rifles, busted a Lashkar recruit module in Sopore and arrested 8 persons.