The family members of two north Kashmir youth who were arrested by Delhi Police on Monday night have rejected the charges levelled against them stating that their sons have no links with militancy and are innocent.
The families of the arrested youth also appealed Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and DGP J&K Dilbag Singh to intervene and get the duo released.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi Police said its special cell arrested the duo near Millennium Park, Sarai Kale Khan area of the city, claiming that they are “suspected militants”.
Reports identified the duo as Abdul Lateef Mir, 22, son of Sanaullah Mir, from Dooru Baramulla and Mohammed Ashraf, 20, son of Bashir Ahmed Khatana, from Hatmulla Kupwara.
Police claimed that they have recovered two semi-automatic pistols and 10 live cartridges from their possession.
However, their family members told Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the claims made by Delhi Police are baseless as their wards have nothing to do with the militancy and are innocent.
Bashir Ahmad Khatana, the father of Mohammed Ashraf, one of the arrested youth, refuted the charges against his son and said he no militancy links. “He would just lead prayers in a masjid,” he said.
“My son left home on November 4 for Srinagar from Delhi and contacted us for the last time on November 5 from an unknown number and stated that he will reach next day,” said Khatana.
“He had gone to buy some clothing and other personal material for his marriage but this arrest is a shocker for the entire family and his in-laws as well.”
He said that soon after he learned that the special cell of Delhi Police had claimed the arrest of his son as a Jaish-e-Muhammad associate, he talked to the local DySP and other officials and informed them about the same and pleaded the innocence of my son.
Sanaullah Mir, the father of Abdul Lateef Mir, told KNO that his son had gone to Delhi on November 4 for some work.
“My son is a Hafiz-e-Quran (one who memorises the Quran). Barely two days after he left home, we lost contact with him. Last time we spoke to our son was November 6,” Sanaullah said. “I came to know about the arrest of my son through a news channel. I was shocked to see my son being arrested on the pretext of being a militant associate.”
Meanwhile, the family members of both the arrested youth have appealed the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh for their intervention into the matter and demanded the early release of the duo. KNO