KANGAN: Relative’s of an arrested youth from Kangan area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district staged a protest on Saturday for his release.
Relatives of Shabir Ahmad Lone, son of Mohammad Akbar Lone of Kangan, blocked the Srinagar-Leh highway at main Market Kangan against the arrest.
The protesters included neighbours and relatives of Lone, who was arrested by police on April 25. They demanded his immediate release.
The protesters said Lone was running a shop at Iqbalabad, Kangan. He was summoned to police station Kangan where the men from Special Operations Group of police took him into custody, they said.
His whereabouts were undisclosed, they added.
Lone’s father said he had taken his son with him to Himachal Pradesh in 2007 to earn their livelihood by selling shawls. They had been living in a rented room, he said.
He said police suddenly raided their room one day and took Lone along. Police did not disclose his whereabouts for about eight months, he said.
The family had finally learned that Lone was lodged in the Tihar Jail, New Delhi, on charges of his involvement in Chandni Chowk grenade explosion.
“In reality, my son never went outside Himachal Pradesh. The allegations leveled against my son are baseless,” Lone’s father said, adding that he sold his property to fight legally for his son’s release.
After spending about 7 years in Tihar, Lone was proven innocent and was released in 2013, he said.
He has since been running a Shop at Kangan, he added.
“Police arrested him again some days ago. He is going to be wed the next week, and his arrest has shocked the entire family,” Mehtaba Begum, Lone’s mother, said.
The protesters dispersed peacefully after police intervened and assured his release.