Anantnag: Unidentified gunmen abducted a policeman’s son from Tral town late Wednesday night. The abducted youth has been identified as Asif Ahmad Rather, son of Rafiq Ahmad Rather, resident of main town Tral.
Rafiq works with the CID wing of Jammu and Kashmir Police and is posted in Srinagar. Rafiq was not at home when the abduction took place.
“We have launched a manhunt to locate the abducted youth,” a senior police official in the area told Kashmir Reader.
The abduction has come at a time when government forces have been allegedly ransacking the houses of militants in many parts of south Kashmir.
More than half a dozen houses of militants have been vandalised allegedly by government forces in south Kashmir over the past few days.
Following a similar abduction in Arwini area of Bijbehara, the militant Waris Malik released a video saying that the militants were well within their rights to do the same to the families of policemen.
Following today’s abduction, Asif’s mother made an emotional appeal to his abductors pleading for his release in a video that was widely circulated on social media in Kashmir.
In the video, a group of women can be seen wailing while Asif’s mother makes her appeal with folded hands.
“We do not know who has abducted him. Please release him,” the mother says.
Recently, a Special Police Officer (SPO) abducted from his home in Tral was released by militants following an emotional appeal by his mother.
So far, there has been no news regarding Asif’s whereabouts, more than fifteen hours after his abduction.