DGP’s claims mismatching on ground: Er Rasheed

Jammu: Asking state police Chief S. P. Vaid to come clean on his claim of a youth who had joined militancy, now returning home, Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh Saturday said that what state DGP is claiming doesn’t match to what is happening on ground.

While interacting with people of different sections in Jammu, Er Rasheed according to the statement issued here said, “DGP is absolutely right in claiming that the emotional relationship between a mother and a son has the power to make an impact on those joining militancy and even few may want to return back to their home but what about those who are being forced to join militancy because of atrocities of forces.”

He said that if government believes in reconciliation and understands pain of mothers, why are youth being everyday booked under PSA, brought to police stations, humiliated and tortured in various police stations?.

“It seems that DGP is unaware of the fact that in Hajin, Handwara, Awantipora, Shopian and other places dozens of youth have been booked under PSA during last three months, despite their mothers and respectable persons of the concerned locality begging local officers to let them free,” he said.

He said that if state police chief and his team understand so well the emotions, love and affection of mothers towards their children, why don’t police officers give any heed to those mothers who often beg at police stations for the release of their kids. “What state DGP is claiming is quite contrast to the behavior of police force operating on ground especially in South Kashmir, where sons are dragged in front of their mothers and in few places low rank police officers enjoy these operations and do hurt self respect of both mother and the son. It is true no mother would wish his son to lose his life or see him getting out of sight but on many a times situation forces youth to take extreme step,” he said.

AIP president appealed DGP to collect figures from various districts and find out that how many youth have been booked under PSA despite the fact that their mothers have begged before concerned officers to allow their children to live a peaceful life.

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