80-year-old scholar and his 75-year-old wife sprayed with pellets at home in Tral; home of Srinagar president of the organisation raided, son detained; Jamaat chief ‘invited by police for a mulakaat’
Srinagar: Personnel of the notorious Special Operations Group (SOG) of police fired pellets at 80-year-old Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Qayoom Bhat and his 75-year-old wife in Kamla village of Tral on Friday night, injuring both.
His son Noor Mohammad was dragged out of the home and bundled into a vehicle during the nocturnal raid on his home.
Jamaat spokesman Zahid Ali said in a statement that the SOG personnel accompanied by 180 CRPF battalion were looking for Abdul Qayoom’s son Mufti Mujahid Shabir Falahi, a noted scholar and former secretary of Jamaat for district Pulwama.
“They told us that DSP sahib wants you to come out saying, he wants to talk. We told them he can come inside and our father will talk to him as he is the head of the family,” Naseer Ahmad Bhat, another son of Qayoom, told Kashmir Reader.
“This probably made them angry and they barged in and dragged Noor Mohammad out of the house and thrashed him. My father told them they can arrest him but why are they beating him,” Naseer added.
Naseer said that the forces had bundled Noor Mohammad in a vehicle and were leaving the spot by the time his father reached the main gate.
“My father was at the gate, directing his torch towards the vehicles when they fired at him. My mother was also there,” he said.
Qayoom has multiple pellet injuries all over the body except head. His wife Nazira, who suffered injury in her left arm, is being treated at Tral hospital.
Bhat was operated upon in SMHS and according to doctors he had multiple injuries in small intestines and and pellets had pierced his lungs.
“We have stitched his intestines and the air in his lungs has been removed. Some pellets are still stuck inside his body but that wont be any problem,” a doctor said.
Qayoom has been an activist of Jamat e Islami and was associated with the organisation for 40 years. He is well respected among the people and JeI cadres.
Falahi has been target of the police as he had delivered pro-freedom speeches in the area and was detained some days back but released later.
Noor Mohammad was also released in the evening, Naseer said.
“The forces told him that they are releasing him only because his parents are in hospital. They told him they would arrested me also,” Naseer said.
Jamaat spokesman Zahid Ali accused forces of shooting with “an intention to kill the both”.
SOG personnel, accompanied by Rashtriya Rifles soldiers, also raided the home of Jamaat’s president for Srinagar Bashir Ahmad Lone at Dara, Harwan, Zahid said.
“They harassed his family members and after searching the house thoroughly and not finding him home they picked up, barefooted, his son Akhtar Lone,” the spokesman said.
A police team also visited the home of Jamaat chief Ghulam Mohammad Bhat and told him that “SP sahab wanted to meet him”.
“Bhat sahab told them ‘if you want to arrest me then go ahead, otherwise what does mulakaat mean,’” a Jamaat activist told Kashmir Reader.
The spokesman said people are being “subjected to tyranny by the forces” throughout the valley youths are being arrested during nocturnal raids on a wide scale.
“During raids their parents and other relatives are being intimidated and subjected to torture,” he said.
“Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir appeals all international and local human rights institutions to intervene in the critical situation the people of valley are facing and bring the culprits to justice,” the spokesman said.
“Moreover, Jama’at stresses upon UNO and other international bodies to exercise their diplomatic influence to get Kashmir issue resolved as per the wishes and aspirations of people residing on both sides of LOC in J&K. Jama’at also impresses upon the Indo-Pak governments to hold meaningful dialogue along with the real representatives of Kashmir people and find a durable solution of Kashmir issue representing the aspirations of the people concerned which is the only way to establish durable and lasting peace in this sub-continent,” he added.
A delegation of Jamaat led by Zahid Ali also visited Aripanthan, Beerwah, and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families of the four people martyred by CRPF and paid homage to them.