Srinagar: The father of Athar Mushtaq, the Pulwama youth who was killed in a ‘gunfight’ in Srinagar in December last year, has been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), Free Press Kashmir reported on Sunday.
A family member of Mushtaq Ahmed, a resident of Bellow Pulwama, said that nobody had informed the family about any such development earlier.
However, Free Press Kashmir quoted unnamed sources saying that Athar’s father and six others have been booked under an FIR vide number 7/2021 U/S 147, 341, 13 ULA RPC lodged at Police Station Rajpora in Pulwama.
The family said that they had organised a protest in a masjid for “demanding justice” for which they have been booked along with six other people.
“We were not informed by police that they have been booked. We heard it from the people,” a family member said.
“We had organised the protest at the Masjid to ask for justice. And we have been booked under anti-terror laws for it,” he told Free Press Kashmir. “We did not block any road. We wanted to protest to let the police know our demands so they help us in getting justice. However, they have booked us instead.”
The family said that police had summoned a few people, including the Imam of the Masjid, and told them they have been booked. However, he was never summoned.
The family also said that they will fight for justice through a proper legal channel. “No matter if we have to move to the Supreme Court, we will move there to get the bodies back,” his uncle had said.
Earlier on December 30 last year, families of three ‘militants’ killed in an alleged gunfight by a joint team of police, CRPF and Army at Lawaypora Srinagar staged a protest, asserting that they were “innocent civilians”.
In this regard, the police had said, that “three unidentified militants have been killed while the house where militants were hiding suffered partial damage.”
In the second statement, police said that three “militants” were killed in a gunfight in Lawaypora area and none of them was on its “list of militants, yet two of them were hardcore associates (OGWs) of militants while third one might have joined very recently.”
In the third statement issued by police on January 1, 2021, issued after claims by the families of slain trio claiming they were not linked with militancy, police said that “technical verification of the slain trio has revealed that two among the three slain were “radically inclined and were OGWs of Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit now TRF”.
“Nevertheless police is investigating into the case from all possible angles,” the statement added.
Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 advocates punishment for unlawful activities for whoever takes part in or commits, or advocates, abets, advises or incites the commission of, any unlawful activity, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.
Whoever, in any way, assists any unlawful activity of any association declared unlawful under section 3, after the notification by which it has been so declared has become effective under sub-section (3) of that section, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both.
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