Family of disappeared student says police have made their ‘life hell’

Family of disappeared student says police have made their ‘life hell’

SRINAGAR: The family of a disappeared student from Sopore area of Baramulla district on Wednesday alleged that adverse police reports have “made (their) life a hell”.
Feroz Ahmad Lone, then 20 and a student, son of Abdul Majeed Lone, resident of Wadoora Sopore, was picked up by RR on May 12, 2002 at Karan Nagar along with two of his brothers, Irshad Lone and Ishtiaq Lone, when he was going to SMHS Hospital to treat his injuries caused by an IED blast in 2001 at Tujjar Sharief.
His mother, Saada Begum, said army personnel picked her three sons over alleged militant links and detained them at Magam camp. While Irshad and Ishtiaq were released the next day, Feroz was kept in detention. “Since then, we don’t know Feroz’s whereabouts. The forces subjected him to involuntary disappearance in custody,” she said.
She said that as the family was grappling with this tragedy, the police also started to “humiliate and harass” them. “About five years ago, my daughter got a job in the education department but she was denied the same because of an adverse police report,” Saada said.
“Recently, the police refused to issue a No Objection Certificate (NOC) in favour of my sons, Irshad and Ishtiaq, who wanted to establish a trust. First they arrested my son and subjected him to disappearance in custody and now they are harassing my other sons. Our lives have been turned into hell,” she lamented.

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