Bhat gave himself up as authorities ‘were planning’ to seize his property in case he continued evading arrest
Srinagar: Abdul Gani Bhat alias Guroo, an elderly resistance activist, who had been evading arrest since the massive popular uprising erupted in July, was arrested on Wednesday outside a court in Sopore, Baramulla district.
Bhat was arrested by a police team when he was entering the Sopore Munsiff court.
It was learnt that had Bhat not surrendered today, his residential house and other properties would have been seized.
Bhat is a senior member of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, a constituent of the resistance grouping Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani. In the past, he had been booked under the draconian Public Safety Act four times.
He had successfully evaded police arrest on a couple of occasions—once on a bicycle and another time by jumping in Jhelum at Sopore. The resistance activist had mobilised and led protests during the uprising in Sopore and nearby areas.
Sopore superintendent of police Harmeet Singh told Kashmir Reader, “We have been trying to arrest this man for the past five months but he was always successful in giving us a slip. But today we received specific information and arrested him near Government Degree College Sopore.”
“He was the only Hurriyat activist who was on the run, the rest have been already arrested. Almost 100 to 150 cases have been registered against him,” Singh said.
Police had conducted several raids on his house and allegedly harassed his family and kin. But Singh said police did not harass anyone.