Protest at Rajouri Kadal against detention of 9 youth

MAJID NABI. Dated: 1/18/2019 4:11:43 PM

SRINAGAR, Jan 17: Family members of nine youth who were recently arrested today held protest in the old city against alleged illegal detention of their kin by police and National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Demanding immediate release of the youth who they claimed were arrested on baseless charges, the protesting family members mainly women blocked the main road at Rajouri Kadal in old city as a mark of protest against illegal detention of their kin by NIA.
Shouting slogans like “we want justice and release innocent children” the protesters sat on a dharna at Rajouri Kadal to press for the release of the youth detained by the police earlier and their subsequent custody to the NIA.
They alleged that police has implicated all the nine youth in false and fabricated cases and later handed them over to NIA.
“We protest against the unjustified act of the police, the youth who were arrested by the police are innocent and among them is a shopkeeper who has never taken part in any subversive activity,” said Habibullah Khan, President Shopkeepers Association.
He said that the police before arresting them should ascertain their antecedents whether they are really involved in any activity which does not go well with the government or not.
“My son who is an orphan was detained by police and later handed over to NIA, what was his crime will police tell us. He was the only source of income now, who takes care of my family,” a women protester whose son was detained by the police said.
She said her son was picked up by the police from his home with the assurance that he will be released after necessary questioning.
The protesters said that the situation in old city will turn hostile incase the youth will not be released right away.
Police said the detained persons were picked for their involvement in militancy related activities.
A case FIR No 93/2019 stands registered against nine youth at police station Kothibagh under relevant sections of law.
Police said the case was subsequently taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) while all the accused are presently in judicial custody.



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