Sopore student picked up for ‘participating’ in anti-Israel demo

Sopore student picked up for ‘participating’ in anti-Israel demo

Srinagar: Police has arrested a college student for participating in anti-Israel protests in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday.
Shakir Ahmad, a BSc II year student of government degree college, Sopore was taken into custody, minutes after he reached the police post, Fruit Mandi, Sopore, where he was summoned by a senior police officer on Monday afternoon following anti-Israel protests in the township.
Family members said fFrom the police post, Shakir was shifted to the office of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sopore, Riyaz Ahmad, where he was asked to provide details of his college friends who attended the protest rally.
“Around 1:00 pm Monday, I received a call from police post fruit Mandi. The officer told me that he wants to see my son. However, I went alone to the police post since my son had not returned from the college. The officer there told me to call up my son on his cell phone and bring him to the post. As soon as my son turned up, the officer bundled him in a police van and took him to the SDPO office. He was later detained at police station, Sopore,” Shakir’s father, Showkat Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader Tuesday.
At the police station, he said, his son was ruthlessly beaten and asked to divulge the names of his batch mates, who had participated in the anti-Israel protests. He alleged that the due to the beating, his son’s left hand and thumb has suffered injuries.
“I went to the police station today to meet my son and to serve him Iftari because he was on fast. His hand is bandaged due to the police beating. He is writhing in pain,” Ahmad said.
Police, he said, is asking Shakir that he will only be set free when he will disclose the names of those students who attended the pro-Palestine protest.
Shakir’s brother said that hundreds of students had participated in the anti-Israel protests but only his brother was being ‘victimized’. He said that the pro-Palestine protests had concluded peacefully and hence the police had no justification to detain his brother.
“Thousands of people have been holding pro-Palestine protests since last week. Has my brother committed any sin by expressing solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine?” he asked.
Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sopore, Riyaz Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that he has no information about the arrest of the college student.
“I have no information about it. You better talk to the SP,” he said.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Sopore, Abdul Qayoom could not be reached for his comments.