Missing Phd scholar’s family stage protest in Srinagar

Srinagar: Family members and relatives of a young Srinagar youth, who was pursuing doctorate in Kashmir University and went missing during trekking on June 13, staged a peaceful protest, appealing the Lieutenant Governor, security agencies and the police to take tangible steps to trace their son.
Amid slogans of “we want justice”, “no connection with militancy” the family members of Hilal Ahmed Dar son of Late Ghulam Mohiudin Dar, a resident of Bemina, Srinagar assembled at press colony Srinagar for the third time since their son went missing while trekking at Naranag area of Ganderbal district.
“Our son is innocent. He has no militant connection or any other link. We make a fervent appeal to the heads of all security agencies in Kashmir to help trace our son,” Nisar Ahmed, Hilal’s uncle. “Check his phone records of 20 years. He has nothing offensive against him. He was working in a private company in Gurgaon and had come home in the wake of a virus.”
He urged the government to question the other five youths, who were part of the trekking group, whether they had any authorized guide with them. “How come they went for trekking on a huge mountain range of Naranag,” Nisar said, adding that the “fake news” was circulated yesterday, that Hilal was killed in an encounter at Zoonimar. We have been grief stricken since then. We condemn the fake news and news channels, whosoever spread the fake news about Hilal getting killed in gunfight.”
Hilal’s brother, Yasir, who was also part of the protest, said that he has been trying to get the whereabouts of his brother since past many days. “We have been camping in Naranag. Yasir said that if any security agency has picked his brother, they should release him for the “sake of humanity.”
Other family members of missing Hilal said that the LG led administration must direct all the security agencies to trace their son on humanitarian grounds. “He is an orphan. His parents died long back and have been brought up by his uncles. He has no connection with militancy. We urge the government to put in best efforts to trace him out,” they said. KNO

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