5-day ordeal of detained juveniles ends

5-day ordeal of detained juveniles ends

By Nusrat Sidiq
SRINAGAR: A city court on Friday granted bail to four minors who were arrested by police in old Srinagar five days ago and lodged at juvenile home after being shifted from police station Safakadal.
After hearing the bail application of the detained minors, Chief Judicial Magistrate Massarat Shaheen bailed out Mohammad Mohsin Farooqi, Ishfaq Ahmed Itoo, Fazil Fayaz Rather and Irfan Ahmed Lone in the open court.
While Farooqi, Itoo and Fayaz are from Palpora, Irfan Lone is from Noorbagh. The juveniles have remained for 5 days at juvenile home under Juvenile justice care and protection Act.
Police claimed the four teenagers were pelting stones on police and paramilitaries on Friday (March 24). The boys were not arrested from the spot but were handed over to the police on Saturday by their families after the police put them on lookout.
An FIR no 45/2017 under section 147,148,149, 336,152 RPC was lodged against the four accused and produced before the court on March 27 for judicial remand which was granted for five days.
Though the bail came as a relief to the boys and their families, their parents say that they have gone through an agonizing period. “The scare of the ordeal will remain forever,” Mohammad Farooqi, father of Mohsin said. The parents alleged that their wards were framed and subjected to severe physical torture under custody.
“I had no idea about the detention of my son at police station Safakadal. I came to know about it late in the evening. When I went to the concerned police station, they told me that your son was pelting stones and we have lodged an FIR against him. Go and get some blankets for him. When I met my son, he was crying with a reddened face,” Farooqi said.
An official of police station Safakadal presented the boys at the court. He told the court that the boys were pelting stones and they were not implicated by the police. “We tried to give them a chance to reform and avoid indulging in stone throwing,” he said.
He said that police wanted the boys to live a normal life without indulging in stone-pelting and similar activities.

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