Srinagar: The family of slain militant Sajad Gilkar will approach the family of slain police officer Ayub Pandith to explain to them that their son was not involved in the lynching of Pandith. “As the police are retracting their lies, we have decided to approach the family of the slain DySP to explain to them that our son was notinvolved in the killing of Pandith,” the father of Sajad, Nazir Ahmad Gilkar, told Kashmir Reader.
“If he was involved in the lynching, why didn’t they arrest him? He spent Eid at home and even went to the court for the hearing of the case on July 4. The police is lying and maligning our child,” the father said.
Nazir Ahmad said that the police have propagated lies about his son. “We are now going to the house of the DySP to inform them about the police lies. This is a heavy burden on our heart and we want to clear this matter with their family,” Nazir, who works as a mason, said.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Ayub Pandith was lynched outside Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid on June 24. The killing drew massive condemnation from people across the ideological divide in the state.
Sajad’s family said that the police were also lying about Sajad’s involvement in militant attacks in Srinagar.
A police statement claimed that Gilkar had played a key role in the lynching of Pandith in Nowhatta area afterwards joiningranks of the Hizbul Mujahideen. He was also accusing of carrying a number of other terror-related incidents in Srinagar.
“He went missing on June 29. In two weeks after his martyrdom, the police turned him into a major rebel involved in all attacks in Srinagar,” Nazir said.
“Just a day before Eid police raided our neighbourhood but they didn’t even touch Sajad. Since 2008 this is the first time that we have spent Eid without any police raid and they are now accusing our son of being involved in lynching. We have been asking reporters and TV channels to put forth our version but strangely they are not doing so,” Nazir said.
Nazir’s brothers Manzoor Ahmad Gilkar and Imtiyaz Ahmad said in unison that not a week has passed since 2008 when their house was not raided.
“We don’t say he was not throwing stones. He was. But even when he was not throwing stones he was still called to the police station. My brother was dragged out on the road and bundled into a Gypsy (car) when Sajjad was not at home. We have been humiliated and assaulted so many times that we have lost count. But we cannot bear our son’s name being linked with the lynching. He was not involved in it and the police are lying,” Manzoor Gilkar said.
Sajjad was killed along with two militants in Budgam on July 12 by government forces.
Earlier, talking to Kashmir Reader, Superintendent of Police (north city) Sajad Shah said that the slain militant had gone missing on June 29, the day he was to appear in court for a hearing of a case against him under Section 307 RPC.
“We were looking for him as he was involved in the lynching case, but we couldn’t trace him. He went missing since the lynching incident,” Shah said.