Families confront police claim on 2 Baramulla youngsters arrested at Wagah checkpoint

Families confront police claim on 2 Baramulla youngsters arrested at Wagah checkpoint
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Srinagar: The families of two Kashmiri youngsters belonging to north Kashmir’s Baramulla district alleged that the Punjab police have framed them in bogus cases at Wagah. They said that the duo was not even remotely connected with militancy in Kashmir.
Abdul Majid Bhat and Mohammad Ashraf Mir were detained by police at Wagah border while returning from Pakistan. Police claimed that the duo has links with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit.
Mir’s elder brother Mohammad Hafiz Mir told Kashmir Reader at his Nila, Pattan residence that his brother traveled to Pakistan last month after completing all requisite formalities for the travel. He said that the purpose of his visit was not to receive any arms training but to meet one of his uncles who resides in Pakistan. “He (Ashraf) was detained by Punjab police on his return even as no objectionable thing was recovered from his possession,” he said.
Ashraf, 21, is fourth among five brothers, running a readymade garments shop at main market Palhalan. “For the past few years there was no business in the market. The situation encouraged him to plan travel to Dubai to work with a cousin who is an engineer in a construction company. The cousin had promised him to engage as driver in his company,” Hafiz said adding that Ashraf was scheduled to go to Dubai on February 15. However he decided to go to Pakistan through proper visa to meet his uncle Gulam Mohammad Yatoo who is living in Mari, Rawalpandi.
On January 08, 2018 he along with our uncle Gulam Hasan and a cousin and his wife went to Pakistan. On January 28, on their return at Wagah border at around 3 pm sleuths of Punjab police checked their documents and belongings as a matter of routine. “However, they seized the passport of my brother along with his bag, and allowed other three people to go home,” Mir said.
He said that soon after he received a call from his uncle from Wagah about the detention, he approached the local police post and spoke to SDPO Pattan who assured to look into the matter. “In next few days I regularly visited the SDPO office and finally they told us that Ashraf was arrested by Punjab police and they will hand him over to J&K police,” he said. However, we did not hear anything from the police until police released a statement on Saturday claiming that two LeT militants were detained at Waga border,” Hafiz said.
“We were shocked. I talked to some senior police officers who claimed that Ashraf has conceded in police custody that he had gone to Pakistan for arms training. But we told police that it is completely baseless news and our brother went to Pakistan through proper channel only to meet his uncle. They are not paying any attention towards our appeals,” he said.
He said that Ashraf has not any connection with militant organisations and his previous record has been clear. “Punjab police detained Ashraf in fake charges only for their own promotions and awards,” Hanif said and appealed 0to the government to look into the matter.
Similarly, the family of Abdul Majid Bhat of Salosa Kreeri said that they were shell-shocked after police made claims about their son’s Pakistan visit.
Bhat’s father Habibullah told Kashmir Reader that his son, was working as a labourer in orchards after he dropped out school after eleventh class. He said that Majid met him on January 05 in nearby Jamia Masjid at Utoora where he was camping on a spiritual journey. He said that his son took a cup of tea with him and left for home. On the next day, he told his mother that he was going outside for a few days. On January 10, he called from Delhi and saying that he was on way to home. His next call came on January 19 when he said that he was in Amritsar.
“But before he could rech home, we received the shocking news that he was detained at Waga border,” Bhat said. “You can check in any police station that my son has not any record in any police station,” Habibullah said.