BARAMULLA: Ishfaq Ahmad Wani, whose wife was killed in cross-firing on 11 December last year, was on Wednesday detained on stone pelting charges by the Jammu and Kashmir police.
Sources said that Ishfaq, a resident of Younsu village of Handwara, was called to police station Chogal, Handwara, where the police put him behind bars on stone pelting charges. The sources said that the police registered a case against Wani after watching video footage in which they saw Wani “throwing stones at forces in the area and leading stone pelting youths”.
The sources said that after Wani’s detention, people in the area were in shock and are demanding his immediate release because his year-old baby girl, Maryam Jan, who had already lost her mother in the December cross-firing, was alone at home.
Maryam’s mother, Wani’s 25-year-old wife Mysara Bano, was killed during the exchange of fire between militants and government forces on 11 December 2017. Three militants were also killed in the gunfight.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Ishfaq’s father-in-law, Mohammad Subhan Mir, at whose house Ishfaq and Maryam Jan are living, said that Ishfaq is not involved in any stone pelting incidents in the area, “Yes, he may be standing nearby any time during stone pelting, but I am sure that he is not directly involved in a single stone pelting case.”
Mir said that the police called Ishfaq to the police station and then put him behind bars, since then his minor daughter has been continuously crying for her father. Mir added that the family visited the police station and were assured of Ishraq’s release, but he is still in police custody.
Wani was not released till the time this report filled.