Family of Polio patient Muneer contests NIA claim

Srinagar

The family of 47-year-old Muneer-ul-Hassan Qadri from Kupwara on Saturday contested NIA claim regarding his involvement in Nagrota camp attack, saying the agency has implicated him to “win awards”.

Muneer’s wife Shahida Begum said her husband was living at his brother’s house at Mustafabad, Zainakote, Srinagar.

“He was summoned by Parimpora police one and a half month ago. Later, he was detained at Cargo for more than three weeks,” Shahida said adding, “He was later taken to Khanyar police station where from he was shifted to central jail Srinagar.”

“We were told to get bail in favour of Muneer so that he will be released,” Muneer’s brother said.

Shahida said her mother-in-law Syeda Bibi Khatoon, a 103-year-old woman and unable to walk, desperately wanted to meet Muneer.

“Few days back, we somehow managed to take her up to the central jail gate where she was denied meeting with her son,” she said.

The family said police officers at Cargo and Khanyar police station told them that Muneer is being questioned and the issue is a normal one and he would be released.

“On Friday, we received a call from Khanyar police station informing us that Muneer was being taken to Jammu court in a case related to illegal timber recovered from his friend,” the family said.

“Today we came to know through media that Muneer was taken to Delhi by NIA, who have implicated him in a false case. The news was a shock for us especially the ailing mother,” they said.”

Muneer’s mother said her son is not able to move.

“He is suffering from polio and can’t move alone. His wife is doing tailoring job to manage daily affairs,” the family said.

Muneer had returned from Pakistan along with his wife from Muzaffarabad via Nepal border and was staying in Srinagar for the last several years. (GNS)

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