Army Deprives ‘Saviour’ Youth of Eid Happiness

Youth Who Rescued 19 Soldiers During Floods Picked Up On Eid

PULWAMA: The 21 year old youth who rescued at least 19 Army personnel of 50 RR during floods last September was picked up by Army and SOG men during a crack down on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr from his native Samboora village in Pampore.

The residents of Samboora staged a protest demanding the immediate release of Asif Iqbal Shah, who according to them is innocent and has been never in touch with the militants. “His only fault is that he is religious and teaches Islamiyat to the little children in the area,” CNS quoting residents said.

Asif Iqbal Shah, a third year student from Degree College Pulwama was arrested by a joint party of 55 RR and SOG during a crack down on the very day of Eid at Samboora Pampore. Locals said during crack down, the identity cards of the youth were checked and houses were searched on the pretext that militants are present in the village. They said that at the end of the crackdown the Army detained Asif Iqbal Shah.

Reports said that on the fourth day of his arrest people protested and alleged that Army detained an innocent fellow who played a leading role in rescuing 19 Army personnel during last year’s floods. “On September 5, 2014, 21 Army men went missing after the Jehlum breeched at Samboora. The locals led by Asif in the dead of the night searched for them and managed to rescue 19 of them. Two Army personnel drowned as they could not be saved. The then Commanding Officer, Victor Force had lauded the role of Asif and had offered him all possible help, which the later had refused,” residents said, according to the CNS.

Reports said soon after the protest, the Army handed over the detained youth to police station Pampore.

When contacted a police official said that Asif has been released and handed over to the family members. (CNS)

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