The family members of a Kashmiri youth namely Muzaffar Ahmad Dar who was shifted from Srinagar Central Jail to the custody of National Investigating agency (NIA) Tuesday expressed concern over his what they say ‘illegal detention’ and said that authorities at Srinagar Central Jail had assured them Dar would be brought back to Srinagar on May 10 but that was not the case and he according to the family is still languishing in NIA custody in New Delhi.
The family members of Muzaffar Ahmed Dar son of Abdul Khaliq resident of Chechloor Magam Budgam told CNS that Dar was arrested by Nigeen police in year 2009 when he was the Chief Operational Commander of the militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujhadeen. “Since 2009, Dar was languishing in Srinagar Central Jail. He is still an under trail,” the family members said adding that they were shocked when Srinagar Central Jail authorities informed them that Dar would be shifted to New Delhi as NIA wants to produce him in their special court in connection with a case that also involves Hizb Supreme Commander Syed Salah-u-Din, Muhammad Shafi Shah son of Late Abdul Gani resident of Watmohalla Papachen Bandipora and Talib Lali son of Khan Zaman resident Marigul Bazipora Ajas Bandipora.
Raising finger over the intentions of the NIA, the family members said that this agency wants to implicate Muzaffar Ahmed Dar in a false and fabricated case.
“Dar has in lock up from past five years and now it has shocked us that after five years NIA has sought his custody. There is something fishy and we are sure that they will implicate him in a false case and will lodge him in Central Jail Tihar,” the family members said.
They said Muzaffar Ahmad Dar had been informed by the State police authorities in June, that there are only three cases viz FIR Number 3/1999 and 17/2002 of Police Station Tangmarg and Kunzer respectively and FIR Number 78/2003 of Police Station Magam pending against him in different courts. However, despite having been so informed he has been now shifted to Delhi on the directions of NIA.
“The letter shot by NIA to Srinagar Central Jail authorities clearly mentions that Dar needs to appear before the District and Sessions Judge Special Court NIA, New Delhi on May 9, 2014 and after that he would be send back to Srinagar Central Jail safely,” the family members said adding that Dar is still in NIA custody even after the expiry of the hearing that was due on May 9. They appealed to the State authorities to look into the matter and impress upon NIA to shift Dar back to the Srinagar Central Jail.