Town remained shut for forth day on his ‘custodial diappearance’
Shopian: Zubair Ahmad Turay, a youngster who fled police custody last week has joined militant ranks. In a video that surfaced on social media on Sunday, the 23-year-old said that he was forced to join militants.
“I (am) Zubair Ahmad Turay son of Bashir Ahmad Turay resident of district Shopian who recently escaped from police custody. Reasons of escaping from police custody are heart breaking. I served eight PSAs in last four years; I didn’t see any other way to resist but to join militants. I am thankful to the residents of district who always supported resistance and I hope they will continue the same in future,” he said in this first video clip.
“We all stand in a single row to resist and defeat the Indian forces,” he said. Turay mentioned the recent killings at the hands of the government forces and specially referred to the ‘rape and murder’ of two Shopian women Asiya and Neelofar.
He also mentioned his own ordeal saying that he was detained despite his detention was quashed by the court. “My story is sorrowful and heart breaking. I am safe and fine now, remember me in your blessings,” he said.
Earlier, the Shopian town observed shutdown on fourth consecutive day on Sunday against Turray’s disappearance from police custody on May 1.
Locals demanded whereabouts of Turray and said the shutdown would be observed until the administration traces him out. “The shutdown would continue until police traces Turray out and releases him,” they said.
Zubair popularly known as “Chota Geelani” in Shopian, according to police fled from Keegam police station on May 1. The locals termed his disappearance mysterious. “How can a civilian escape from police custody. Turray has served jail terms in worst jails of Udhampur and Kathua,” a protester said.
Superintendent of police Shopian SA Dinkar told Kashmir Reader that police are investigating about the whereabouts of Zubair and investigation was on.
Zubair has been inside various jails since 2015 but was released by the high court on February 24. His family said that police released him on 28 April and rearrested him two days later when he was summoned by CIK Humhama. He had been languishing in jails in connection with 21 FIRs registered against him. He was slapped the draconian PSA nine times.