Police Says Fidayeen, Mother Says Arrested By Army 10 Yrs Ago


SRINAGAR: A Srinagar youth who, according to the police, is planning a fidayeen attack in the city, was arrested by the army in 2003 and is untraced since, his frantic mother said on Thursday.

Holding protests along with her Lawaypora family at the press enclave here, Farida Bano said that her son, Shaukat Ahmad Paul, had been proved to have been picked up by one Major Pratap of the Kilo Force in 2003.

She was reacting to a news agency report quoting police sources that Paul was planning a fidayeen attack in Srinagar along with three Pakistani militants.

“I was shocked when I read the report today, and wept uncontrollably. My son has been missing for the past 10 years, and all this time the army has denied involvement in his arrest,” Paul’s mother said.

Paul was just 18, and had been working for a local newspaper when the army took him away, she said.

“We lodged an FIR with the police soon after his arrest, and later on it was proved that he was arrested by Major Pratap,” she said.  

“We and families of other disappeared persons have been fighting to know about their whereabouts for the past ten years,” she said.

“How can the police claim that my son is ready to strike in Srinagar when it was proved that he was arrested by the army ten years before? If he is alive, why is the police not telling us about his whereabouts? We are sure that he is in police custody,” she said, adding that an auto-driver working for the Counter-Intelligence, Kashmir (CIK) had confirmed her son’s arrest then. 

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