SRINAGAR: The family of a 21-year-old youth from the old city, claimed by the police to have been arrested in Turkey after he went missing on March 22, says it has no clue of how the youth went overseas when he was very much engaged in his studies.
Afshan Pervaiz, a student of Arabic at Alkulyatus Salaffiyyah in Batamaloo, went missing after he left home in the morning of March 22, to write an examination paper at the college that was scheduled for 10:30 am. Following his disappearance, the family lodged an FIR at Batamaloo police station.
As per newspaper reports, Pervaiz who was allegedly trying to join the Islamic State (IS), had booked a seat on a Tehran-bound flight on March 23, from where he moved to Turkey, which has now deported him.
According to the report, Pervaiz apparently sent a message to his family, telling them he was facing some “problems”. When the police and other security agencies were informed, a probe was launched to locate him, it said.
A day before Pervaiz went missing he had told his family that he would stay at the college hostel to devote more time to his studies during the examination period.
“That evening, when we tried to contact Afshan, his cell phone was switched off. Even though he had told us that he would stay put at the hostel, we were still concerned about his whereabouts and wellbeing,” says Tasleema, Pervaiz’s paternal aunt.
She said the next day they went to enquire about Pervaiz from his relatives and college but found no trace of him. “College authorities told us that he had not stayed at the hostel. We went everywhere we thought he might have gone, but he was nowhere,” says Tasleema.
The administration of the college where Parvaiz was enrolled had earlier told Kashmir Reader that he had appeared to write his first English paper and left college as soon as he was done with the examination.
“On March 22, however, he didn’t turn up for the second paper. Given the huge number of students writing the exams, nobody realised his disappearance except for the exam supervisors. We took it (his absence) to have happened because of some personal problem,” Mohammad Yaqoob Al-Madni, the college principal, had said.
He says that the college administration came to know about Pervaiz’s disappearance when a posse of police and Criminal Investigation department (CID) sleuths visited the college on separate occasions to enquire about him.
Director general of police, S P Vaid, however, says that he has no knowledge about the incident. “I have no knowledge about this,” Vaid said.
Station house officer, Batamaloo, Pervez Ahmad, echoed the same words and said they had no information regarding the missing youth being deported from Turkey.
“We have no information about him being found and deported from Turkey. Also, the family has not approached us about this new development,” he said.
Replying to a question about the whereabouts of Pervez in a press conference here, SSP Srinagar, Imtiyaz Ismail Parray, said, “Let the youth return, we will ask him. There is a procedure”.