KU Chaos: Family of detained student reject police theory

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Srinagar: The family of Kashmir University student whom police arrested on charges of having links with militants last week, today refuted the police claims asserting that Muzamil Farooq Dar was in no way connected to militancy.

Muzamil, a student of Kashmir University’s English department was arrested by police for his alleged links with militants. The police have claimed that Muzamil, a resident of Gandibagh Kakapora hamlet of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district was wanted in a case under FIR number 90 of Police Station Rajbagh. His arrest sparked violent protests in the university, forcing the authorities there to suspend class work till June 27. 

The agitated students and the class mates of Muzamil believe that he was arrested for organizing protests against officially sponsored ‘Yoga Day’ in the campus.

All the family members of Muzamil, including his grandfather Muhammad Akram, mother Parveena Bano, sister Nazima Jan and father Farooq Ahmed are firm that Muzamil can never be involved in any kind of militancy. “We know him well. His aim is to complete his Post Graduation from Kashmir University. Ask anyone in our village about him and they will tell you what kind of a person he is. He has been implicated in a false case and we fail to understand why police did so,” Muhamamd Akram said.

Even the neighbours of Muzamil claimed that he is innocent. “The Dar family has not produced a singly militant even during 1990’s and now the police claim that Muzamil Dar is linked to militancy is astounding and strange one,” said that friend and neighbor of Muzamil Farooq Dar.

The parents of Muzamil Farooq who were present in Police Station Rajbagh to meet their son were confident of his release. When asked why his son has been arrested, Farooq Ahmed Dar quoting some police officials said that the cell phone of Muzamil has been misused. “Some police officials told me that a phone call has been made to some militants from Muzamils cell number and that is why he has been arrested. The officials have assured me that he will be released if proven innocent. In friend circle usually fiends sometimes use one another’s cell phone and merely on the basis of a phone call one does not become a militant,” Dar said.

A top police official on condition of anonymity said that a militant is operating an Over Ground Workers (OGW) network in Kashmir especially in Srinagar city. “During investigation, we traced the cell number of Muzamil and that is why he was arrested for questioning. If proven innocent he will be released,” he said.

When asked about the nature of FIR under which Muzamil has been booked, Station House Officer Police Station Rajbagh Mr Kuldeep said that the FIR vide number 40 has been lodged against an active foreign militant who has been operating a network of OGW’s in Srinagar. “This FIR is related to a non-local militant who is operating a network. This FIR mentions the names of certain OGW’s out of few have already been arrested,” he said. (CNS)

Protests Spill over to IUST

SRINAGAR: As the class work in University of Kashmir (KU) is suspended after students protested against the detention of Muzamil by JKP, the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) students Friday afternoon held protests demanding his release.

Muzamil Dar, a 3rd semester student of KU’s English department was detained by police last Monday evening outside the campus. Following his arrest, the University witnessed huge protests following suspended class works. Besides, the authorities made the students to vacate the hostel.

Reports and witnesses said that just as the Friday prayers culminated students assembled in IUST’s lawns and held protests.

“Police should release Muzamil forthwith,” the students demanded. “We condemn the use of force by police and KU administration on the protesting students on Thursday,” they said.

The witnesses said that students were holding placards reading, “Stop Beating; Release Muzamil Dar, They are Students not Terrorists”.

“Although the exams are going on in IUST, students held protests and stood in solidarity with their KU counterparts,” the witnesses said.

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