Sopore: As Ghulam Nabi Gojree, 52, a resident of Jamia Qadeem, Sopore, who spent the last two years behind bars, was released a day before Eid-ul-Adha, one of the first things he did was to cook meals for his family for Eid.
Gojree is a chef (waza) by profession.
Things had changed at home, since he was arrested in September 2016, in the wake of Valley vide protests that broke out after killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani.
“I was in jail, when my lone son, who is around 28, got married in November last year. I strongly wished that I should be present for important occasion of my son’s life, to give him blessings but I couldn’t as I was in languishing in jail,” Gojree said.
Gojree was arrested in September 2016 during a raid on his house, and booked under Public Safety Act on charges of being a staunch member of Tehreek-i-Hurriyat, and accused of inciting the youth and creating law and order problems in Sopore.
“You are presently trying to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of Sopore area and are motivating the gullible youth area for creating law and order incidents,” the PSA dossier against him said.
“After they arrested me from my home, I was taken to Tarzoo police station of Sopore for few days before shifting to Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu under PSA,” Gojree said. “In the last two years, whenever the court quashed my PSA or revoked it, instead of release order, police would slap another PSA on same fabricated charges and sent me back to Kot Balwal jail.”
Gojree credited his release to the relentless efforts of her wife, who did not lose hope
“All thanks to my wife, Haleema Bano, who never lost her hope and fought the cases for the last two years on meagre resources to get me released. If I am at my home, it’s all because of her”, Gojree said.
“I was slapped with six public safety acts in which four got quashed and two were revoked by the High Court on the grounds of not finding any genuine case against me”, he said.
At the time of his son’s wedding, Gojree says, he was in Churoo police station, as court had revoked the latest PSA against him.
“I was in Churoo police station, when my son was getting married as my fourth PSA was revoked by high court that time. My family members tried their best to get me released that time, they even begged the Sopore police to at least release me for my son’s wedding, but they didn’t agree and slapped one more PSA on me and I was sent to Kot Bilwal jail for the fifth time,” he said.
Gojree wants to spend most of the time with his family before restarting his life.