Auqaf President Kulgam
Fayaz Ahmed Rather

Auqaf president who was detained by police during a nocturnal raid from his residential house in Bugam village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district was shifted to Kathua Jail on Wednesday, family members of Fayaz Ahmed Rather told CNS.

“We were informed by police that Fayaz Ahmed has been booked under Public Safety Act and was shifted to Kathua jail on Wednesday. The police did not allow us a meeting with him before he was bundled into a police vehicle,” the wife of Auqaf President said.

Fayaz Ahmed Rather has three little children, the eldest one being 7 years old. He was the sole bread earner of his family and we fail to understand what we will do now. “He is innocent and was arrested just because he is religious and was imparting Islamic education to the youth of the area,” said a relative of the caged person.

Confirming the incident, a police official said on condition of anonymity that “PSA was slapped on Rather for his involvement in anti-state activities”. “He has been booked under FIR vide number 224/2015 under section 147,148,149,336,307 of RPC,” the Police Official said.


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