Khanpora youth was pushed to militancy, allege relatives

Baramulla: One of the three militants killed by the government forces in Amargarh pocket of Sopore on Saturday morning, Javed Ahmad Dar, could have been transporting merchandise in his truck instead of being killed in an encounter, if he was handled passionately instead of subjecting to repeated detentions, torture and humiliation.
Dar, 22, son of late Mohammad Akbar Dar of Dar Mohla Khanpora Baramulla was a conductor with a long-permit truck before joining militancy ranks.
One of Dar’s close relatives told Kashmir Reader that he was engrossed in his work of managing truck journeys until in 2016 uprising he was arrested by police in a stone pelting case. “He (Dar) spent a lot of time in police custody where he was tortured and humiliated,” he said adding that despite his release after two months, he became a suspect in government forces’ eyes. “The police registered over two dozen cases against Javid in different police stations. Finally, in the first week of June 2017, Javid went missing and his friends and relatives lost contact with him,” he said adding that police later infirmed the family that he has formally joined the militant ranks.
Fazi Begam, mother of Javid said that for past 70 days, the family had no information about him. “We registered a missing complaint in police station but he was not traced,” she said. Javid was the youngest of four siblings including two sisters. His elder brother is a truck driver. “Javid was forced to join militants because police made his life hell by calling him to police station every now and then,” Begum said.
Soon after news about Dar’s death reached his native locality, hundreds of people including men and women took to the streets and staged protest against the killing. The authorities besieged the village and imposed strict restrictions on people’s movement in the entire town including sensitive localities of Khanpora, Old town, Khawaja Bagh, Deluna, Sangrama, Sopore, Sheeri, and at other areas. The forces blocked the Srinagar-Muzafarabad road at many places and disallowed people to proceed towards Baramulla or Khanpora.
Around the noon, police handed over the body of slain militant to his family. Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of the slain militant. Dar was later buried at local graveyard Khanpora amid anti-India and pro-azadi slogans.