Family into third day of mourning, cops arrive with a warrant for the dead

by Tahir Bhat

SRINAGAR: In what could be termed as a bizarre use of the long arm of the law, police landed in a village with a court warrant for a man, whose family was mourning his death. It happened in a Kupwara village.

Muslim societies mourn the deaths in family for three days and the warrant came on day third, the last day of the mourning. It shocked mourners and the family, reports from Kupwara said.

It was all about Haji Ghulam Mohiuddin Mir, a Jamat-e-Islami member who lived in Shakoot village that falls in Taratpora belt of Kupwara. Mir was unwell for last many months. He breathed his last on October 4, 2017 at his home.

Mir has been an active member of the Jamat for last various decades. In 2002, police had registered a case against him for being an “Over Ground Worker (OGW)” and the case was challaned before the court of law. Kashmir in 2010 witnessed massive mass unrest over a series of civilian killings.

“We were shocked when we saw policemen from police station Villgam in our home with the bailable arrest warrant against my beloved father who had died a day earlier,” Mir’s son told Kashmir Life on phone from his residence. “The warrant was in response for not appearing before the court on the hearing dates.”

Mir Jr said that his father had been unable to attend the hearing in the court for the last few months due to his illness which had made him literally immobile.

The shock, however, did not prevent police from doing what it is required under law. “After hearing the details, they went to the village head and sought his written note about the death of Mir,” he said. “They took the note with them and went back”.

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