Srinagar: JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday went to the office of State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in Srinagar to seek release of 15 juveniles who have been arrested by police in the case of lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Ayoub Pandith outside the Jamia Masjid in June this year. In another petition submitted to the SHRC, Malik asked for fair treatment of Dukhtaran-i-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi and her private secretary Fehmeeda Sofi who are lodged in a Jammu jail.
The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief visited the office of SHRC where he brought to the notice of Justice (Retd) Bilal Nazki the issue of 15 juveniles detained over the killing of Dy SP Ayoub Pandith.
A statement issued by the JKLF said that Malik presented two petitions before Nazki, urging him to take serious cognisance of the arrests.
In one of the petitions, the JKLF statement said, “Malik raised the issue of dozens of young boys who, according to them, have been falsely implicated by police in the killing of Dy SP Mohammad Ayoub Pandit in June 2017.”
Malik told the SHRC that 15 incarcerated boys – Aadil Siarj Misgar, Davood Fayaz Zargar, Juwaiz Hassan Khan, Arooj Aafaq Bhat, Iqbal Ahmad Khan, Arsalan Mushtaq Bangri, Seerat ul Hassan, Sheikh Khalid Rasool, Imran Nabi Wani, Owaise Muneer Bhat, Danish Rahim Mir, Sameer Ahmad Khan, Danish Ayoub Badoo, Musawir Bhat and Bashir Ahmad Bhat – met him at Central Jail Srinagar recently when he was lodged there and narrated their “stories of innocence in the said lynching case”.
Emphasising the need of a thorough investigation into the case and of a fresh “unbiased” enquiry into the cases of these young boys by the SHRC, Malik appealed to SHRC chairperson Bilal Niazi to use his good offices to save the lives and careers of these boys, so that “no injustice is done to them”.
In another petition, the JKLF statement added, Malik urged the SHRC’s intervention in the arrest of Dukhtaran-i-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi and her private secretary Fehmeeda Sofi, who are languishing in a Jammu jail from a long time.
Malik asked the SHRC to take note of these “gross human rights violations and ensure that the inmates are treated fairly”.
Malik further asked the SHRC to look into the plight of thousands of inmates languishing in various jails and police stations and take “note of the use of black laws like PSA (Public Safety Act) against common people and peaceful political activists.”