SRINAGAR: The family members and relatives of three Budgam residents, who were arrested in Delhi, Friday, again staged a protest in Srinagar, seeking their release.
Holding placards, the families of the trio, including women assembled here at Press Enclave demanding their release said that these men were innocent. They claimed that the Delhi police have arrested their kin on false grounds and that they had no militant links.
“I called my husband at 1 pm but his phone was switched off. Later, I received the call from his number and the persons were speaking in Urdu which I could not understand,” said the wife of one of the accused. Adding she said that yesterday her sister –law-s daughter when inquired about her maternal uncle, she informed her that he has been trapped in an encounter along with another two people. Scared Pathan, had speeded away his car in haste.
“My husband is a driver. He has no past record related to militancy. We are in shock,” wife of the accused said.
“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.
The family members of the arrested men alleging that Delhi Police, like in past, have enacted a drama and implicated their loved ones in a fabricated case.
The family members of all the three arrested, while seeking the intervention of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Director-General of Police Dilbag Singh appealed Delhi Police to release them.
On Monday, December 7, 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.