HC directs authorities to ensure safety of Dooru family

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has asked Principal Secretary Home and Director General of Police among others to ensure that a family from Batagund Dooru Anantnag in south Kashmir is not “harassed” by various agencies.
The family comprises 95-year-old Peer Ghulam Nabi Shah, his son, Peer Firdous Ahmad Shah and daughter-in-law, Nishata Begum.
In their petition, the family has alleged that they were subjected to harassment for sharing with media and Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) atrocities committed upon them allegedly by police and army.
Shah’s eldest brother, Farooq Ahmad Peer was a militant who was killed in a gun-battle in 2000 and another son, Muhammad Ashraf Peer has detained in jail for nine years.
As per family, at least 13 PSAs were slapped on Ashraf which were subsequently quashed by the High Court. However he continues to languish in the jail.
“The respondents shall ensure the safety of the life and liberty of the petitioners as guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution. It shall be further ensured by the respondents that petitioners live in their house at Batgund, Dooru,” a bench of Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar said in the order passed recently.
The respondents include Principal Secretary Home, DGP, SSP Anantnag, SHO Dooru, SHO Kokernag and IC Joint Interrogation centre Khanabal Anantnag.
“It is further directed that till next date of hearing before the bench, petitioners shall not be summoned by any police station or by the authority of respondent police stations or by the authority (IC Joint Interrogation centre Khanabal Anantnag) till next date of hearing,” the court added.