(Soibug) Budgam: When NIA arrested Shahid Yousuf from his home in Soibugh village of Budgam on October 24, his 9-year-old son Miftah ul Islam asked his uncle about him. He could only reply that he has gone to Delhi to buy toys for you.
Since then, Islam hasn’t taken his food properly and never went to the school which he would attend with his father. He continues to ask his family about his father.
“He would always eat food in his father’s lap and would always attend the school near his father’s office in the village,” his uncle Syed Mueed said.
Mueed is the current head of the family in absence of his elder brother who is in Tihar jail for allegedly receiving funds for the anti-national activities in the state. Their mother passed away in 2014 due to cancer and Shahid was the head of the family since then.
Islam is suffering from the Down’s syndrome and the emotional attachment to his father has left the whole family disturbed.
“His father would take him to the local school which was near his office in the village. After his arrest, Miftah has never attended the school. He always says that after his father returns, he will go to the school with him,” Mueed adds.
A week ago Islam’s younger brother Syed Taufiq took his uncle’s phone and dialed his father’s number in order to talk to him. His uncle, Mueed, noticed it quickly and distracted him saying that his father’s phone is not working.
“I told him that his father’s phone is not working and distracted him with some other issue. How could I tell him that the phone, he is dialing is in the custody of NIA,” Mueed said.
NIA has seized seven phones when they raided the house on October 26. Mueed says that the two mobile phones belong to the guests who were at home at the time of the raid.
“They also seized a laptop which belongs to my office and that too hasn’t been returned yet.”
Pertinently, the NIA has alleged that Shahid over the years has been receiving and collecting funds through international wire money transfer from Hizbul Mujahideen militant Aijaz Bhat, a Srinagar resident now based in Saudi Arabia.
The NIA had filed two charge sheets against six accused in the case in 2011.
Shahid along with other 17 inmates in Tihar jail was assaulted by a team of Tamil Nadu police inside the premises of Tihar Jail in the national capital of Delhi.