SRINAGAR: Kashmir Bar Association on Thursday asked police that by arresting the youngsters and torturing them in police stations “will not achieve you anything”.
As per a statement issued here, Bar held an Executive Committee meeting in which the notice was taken that hundreds of people particularly youth have been kept in police stations “illegally, unlawfully” and without having been produced in the courts for obtaining their police or judicial remand.
“All these youngsters who have been made to face the police wrath, barbarity and brutality, will put a new vigour and resolve into their struggle because they have seen with their own eyes as to what kind of treatment is meted out to the Kashmiri people when they are arrested and lodged in police stations,” it said.
In the meeting, it was stated that a youth namely Munazir Maqbool, resident of Barzulla, a mentally sick young boy of about 26 years of age, who has occasional convulsions, was caught hold by a contingent of P/S Sadder, when he was picking up his mobile phone, fallen on the ground. He was bundled up in a gypsy, in which he was given a terrible thrashing by police personnel who were in the gypsy.
He was later taken to P/S Sadder, where he was ruthlessly beaten by SDPO, Amood and by SHO P/S Sadder. He was then taken to Police Station Rajbagh, illegally, where he was again ruthlessly beaten and tortured by SHO Rajbagh, who also told him that he will get him eliminated in a fake encounter.
He was not also allowed any food for the day. Later in the day, when he was produced before Sub Registrar, Srinagar, in handcuffs for obtaining police remand, in a bruised condition, the Magistrate, on seeing the bruises on all parts of his body and a broken left-hand, directed the police to get him medically examined and provide him food and other eatables forthwith. He also directed the I/O to allow his parents, who were waiting outside to see the glimpse of their son and report compliance to the court.
Another youth Shamim Ahmad of Old Barzulla, who was arrested by the P/S Sadder in the same manner, was granted bail by the court on 31.07.2016, but till date he has not been released, but kept in unlawful detention. He has now been booked under PSA and shifted to some jail.
Shahan Parvez of Mandar Bagh, Gow Kadal, Srinagar, a Juvenile, was also arrested by police and tortured in police station. He was granted bail by the court on 11.08.2016, but has not been released so far.
Owais Nazir Guroo of Kargali Mohalla Batamaloo, Mohammad Junaid of Maharajpora, Shamim Ahmad Dar of S.D. Colony Batamaloo and Umar Hameed of Rainawari, who were arrested by the police and lodged in different police stations, where they were tortured brutally, were granted bail by the court on 27.07.2016 and 28.07.2016, but reportedly they have also not been released by the police and have been kept in unlawful detention. The police has told them that they will consider their release after 15th of August, 2016 and till then they will have to remain in police stations, though without any order from the court.
Another youngster namely Furqan Ahmad Shunda of Maisuma, has also been arrested and lodged in police station for the last about 10 days. An application for releasing him on bail has also been filed by the Bar Association on his behalf, but till date no orders have been passed on the said application and he continues in police custody.
Bar also paid tributes to Shaheed Sheikh Abdul Aziz on his 8th martyrdom anniversary. The members also condemned the statement of Durga Prasad DG, CRPF, who said that ‘the use of pellet gun is equivalent to the man’s beating of his wife’. “Such kind of statement by a DG of CRPF clearly shows the mindset of the Indian occupational forces in Kashmir. This is absolutely nonsensical, absurd and unethical,” the Association said.