The family members of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front leader Zahoor Ahmed Bhat Wednesday alleged that Bhat was ruthlessly beaten by policemen while shifting him from Kupwara jail to Sub-Jail Baramulla.
Reports said as the news about the thrashing incident spread in his native place Thregam Kupwara, shopkeepers as a mark of protest downed their shutters and observed a complete shutdown while transport remained off the roads.
Talking to CNS, the sister of Zahoor Ahmed Bhat, Mehmooda Banoo said that police was supposed to present Zahoor in Kupwara court on Wednesday.
“We were excepting his release today. To our surprise, instead of presenting him in the court of law, the police shifted him to Sub-Jail Baramulla. When Zahoor objected, the policemen escorting him took law in their own hands and beat him mercilessly,” she said adding that another Public Safety Act has been invoked on Zahoor Bhat.
She added that her brother was bailed out by the court several times but each time police rearrested him. “In February this year Zahoor Ahmed was re-arrested immediately after he was released on bail by Kupwara court,” she said.
Pertinently, Zahoor, the younger brother of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat was arrested by police on 23 October 2013 and after slapping PSA on him was shifted to Sub-Jail Hira Nager.
Later on he was shifted to Kot Balwal and from there Bhat was lodged in Central Jail Srinagar. Presently, he was behind the bars in Kupwara Jail.