HC asks police, army not to harass Pulwama family

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has asked police and army not to “unnecessarily harass” the family of a youth who allegedly joined militant ranks some two years ago.
A single bench of the high court passed the directions on a petition filed by the family members of the youth, Irshad Ahmad Ganie, a resident of Padampora Awantipora.
The petitioners—parents and two brothers of Irshad—had filed the petition through their counsel Advocate Mir Shafaqat, seeking directions to concerned police officials and Commanding Officer 50 RR camp Koel Pulwama, not to cause any interference directly or indirectly with them and their other relations.
They had also prayed for directions to ensure their protection as well as that of their relatives besides initiating appropriate proceedings against the forces’ personnel for causing “harassment, torture and criminal intimidation to them and their relatives.”
In their petition, the family also stated that they had also approached the higher authorities but to no avail, leaving them no option but to approach the High Court.
They said that Irshad disappeared and his whereabouts were unknown since 2011. Further, they said police and army believe that Irshad has joined militant ranks.
In view of this belief, they said, police and army were harassing them on one or the other pretext.
“I have heard (the) counsel for the petitioners and have gone through the averments made in the writ petition, I deem it to proper to direct the respondents (police and army) not to cause unnecessary harassment to the petitioners or their relatives,” the single bench of the court said in the order passed last month.