Tahir Hussain, son of cop who fell to bullets few years back is at ‘war’ with the state. Tahir continues to languish in jail as he has been booked under the draconian PSA act for raising his voice against the Indian establishment.
For Tahir, being in jail has not only meant that he has been deprived of his education but his family comprising of his younger sister and two brothers too has been left to suffer.
Tahir said, “Second semester of the college is over but due to my prolonged detention, my exams are yet to be conducted.”
Tahir Hussain Mir, 24, a resident of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district was arrested by the police in November last. Public Safety Act was slapped on him for participating in protests and for provoking the youth of the town.
His father, Habibullah Mir, a former Personal Security Officer (PSO) of then SSP Baramulla, Showket Malik, was shot dead by militants in an ambush at Hygam area of Sopore on April 2, 2002.
He was working as a laboratory bearer in the state’s education department and was terminated from the service for leading pro-freedom protests in Bandipora. He was on study leave, pursuing his master’s in Mass Communication and Journalism from Kashmir University.
The family condition of Tahir is not so good. “Within months of my father’s death, my mother also passed away because of the shock. I have two brothers and a sister, one works as a police constable while another is a businessman. It is my sister, who runs from pillar to post, for me. She has to face great hardships.”
Tahir said if he is released and Public Safety Act is revoked, he will complete his studies. He said his health condition is deteriorating in the jail. “I am now suffering from stomach ailments and back disc problems,” he said.
Her sister who is studying at University of Kashmir said that her brother was the last hope for him. “We hope the authorities will look into the matter and he will be released on humanitarian grounds.”
Tahir is in the police custody for last six months. Currently, Tahir is imprisoned in Central Jail Srinagar, earlier he was in the Kotbalwal Jail Jammu.
“I appeal to the Chief Minister and the Education Minister to look into my case and release me on humanitarian grounds as my education is suffering and my family’s condition is not good,” he said.
A police official said, “There are 13 FIRs registered against him in Bandipora police station. He has organised hundreds of pro-freedom rallies in and around Bandipora town during the current uprising in the Valley.”