Delhi Arrests: Families Protest

SRINAGAR: The families of three people of Budgam district, who were arrested in Delhi, Tuesday, staged a protest in Srinagar, seeking their release.

The family members alleged that Delhi Police have falsely implicated their loved ones in a fabricated case.

“My father is 65 years old. He had gone to buy a motor. I appeal to Lieutenant Governor to give us justice,” said the son of one of the arrested man, Muhammad Ayub Pathan.

“My husband is a driver. He has no past record related to militancy. We are in shock,” wife of one of the accused said.

Family members of three Kashmiri men, arrested by Delhi Police on Monday demanding their release in Srinagar, Tuesday, December 8, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The family members of all the three arrested appealed to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Director General of Police Dilbag Singh to intervene in the matter.

On Monday, the Special Cell of Delhi Police had claimed to have arrested five persons — three from Kashmir and two from Punjab — after an ‘encounter’ in East Delhi’s Shakarpur area.

The three Kashmiris include Riyaz Ahmad Rather, Shabir Ahmad Gojri and Muhammad Ayub Pathan.

While Riyaz and Shabir hail from Nasrullah Pora village of Budgam, Ayub belongs to Gondhipora village of the same district.

The two from Punjab were identified as Gurjeet Singh and Sukhdeep Singh.

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