‘Minor’ from Gurez Detained on Charges of Stone-Pelting; Family Pleads ‘Innocence’



Police have registered ‘back to back’ FIRs against a 10 year old ‘minor’ from Gurez Valley for pelting stones on them in Nowhatta area of old Srinagar city.

“My 10 year old son Muhammad Ismail, a student of Government School at Nowhatta Srinagar was picked up by police on charges of stone-pelting on 11 March this month. The fact is that during a stone-pelting incident on that day, he was scared and tried to run, after police chased stone-pelters. He was lodged in Police Station Nowhatta and was booked under an FIR vide number 23/2016 under section 149,152,336,332,353,” Abdul Aziz Khan the father of the minor student told CNS.

He said after producing the date of birth certificate of his son before Chief Judicial Magistrate, the court sought report from the police. “It took 8 days for police to prepare the report. When the court of CJM Srinagar bailed out my son, I went to police station seeking his release, but to my shock police informed me that Ismail is wanted in another FIR lodged in police station Zainakadal. The FIR lodged at PS Zainakadal claims that my son was part of the crowd that set a CRPF vehicle on fire,” he said.

The father of the arrested youth asserted that he will meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and will show him the photocopies of Police FIRs. “I am telling this with authority that my minor son is not a stone-pelter. I will plead his case before the Union Home Minister,” he said.

When contacted a top police official said that Ismail was arrested “red handed” while throwing stones on the policemen. “He had draped his face with a mask. He is not lodged in any police station but has been sent to Juvenile Home Harwan,” he said.

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