Old city boy arrested from Shop; Police denies information

Srinagar

At a time when residents of Valley are hoping that government would release youth and other political prisoners from prisons on ‘humanitarian basis’ as Eid-ul-Fitr is approaching, a downtown youth has been detained from his shop in old city.

Known for his prolonged detentions under Public Safety Act (PSA) for his pro-Azadi stand, Waqar Ahmad Moharkan was on Tuesday arrested by police from his shop in old city, reports quoting his family said.

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Waqar has been previously slapped with three PSAs and has 26 cases registered against him.

His family said: “A large posse of police led by many officers arrived in several vehicles at our shop and nabbed Waqar. They beat him severely and bundled him into one of their vehicles. He has been detained at Nowhatta police station.”

The detained youth’s family and friends said that he had recently launched a charity group namely ‘Al Nasr’ to help needy, particularly the kith and kin of persons killed by forces. “He was from many days campaigning for charity purpose as Eid is days away. He wanted to help as much as people he could,” said one of Waqar’s friends, adding: “Charity work is humanitarian work and is not illegal under any law.”

The father of Waqar said time and again his son is being arrested by police on one or another pretext. “This should stop now. Our lives have been made hell,” he said.

Station House Officer, Nowhatta police station told Kashmir Life that he doesn’t know about the case. “I don’t know… cannot talk about it. You better talk to senior police officials,” he said.

When Kashmir Life contacted SP North, Sajjad Ahmad and asked him why was Waqar arrested, he replied: “You have no right to know anything about the case.”

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