For Eid Clashes, 17-Yr-Old Sent To Udhampur Jail

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Father Insists Son Innocent, Police Flouted Bail Order

A 17-year-old youth has been sent to Udhampur Jail under a slew of penal for his reported involvement in violence near Eidgah on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, his father said.

Hilal Ahmad Bhat, originally a Baramulla resident but presently living in the Narwara area near Eidgah with his baker father, has been detained without any evidence, his father Muhammad Ashraf says.

“There is no proof that the youth was a part of the violence,” he says. “He does not even figure in the police photographs of the incident.”

“Hilal had come straight home after Eid prayers. When clashes broke out at the Eidgah, he was nowhere on the scene,” he says recalling the violence in which mobs had also torched a police vehicle besides attacking several personnel.

“The next day authorities summoned me to the Safa Kadal police station and ordered me to produce my son,” he says.

“Since Hilal had gone to visit relatives in our native Dangarpora village in Baramulla on the second day of Eid, I went there the same evening and brought him back the next day,” he said.

“I sent him to the police station along with local elders, but he was detained there for a few days and then sent to the Central Jail on judicial remand,” he says.

“On August 31, I obtained bail for him, and went to the Jail to get him released, but authorities there took custody of the order, telling me that Hilal would be sent back to the Safa Kadal police station from where he would be released,” he says.

“Though they did bring him back to the local precinct, he was sent back to the Central Jail after booking him under sections 147, 148, 149, 152, 307, 336, 327 and 435 of the Ranbir Penal Code,” he says.

“A few days ago he was shifted the Udhampur Jail without informing us,” he said.

Insisting that his son was innocent, Ashraf has appealed to the chief minister and the minister of state for home to personally intervene in the case and get him released. Observer News Service

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