‘Picked Up By BSF In 1992,Safakadal Family Waits Return of Their Son’

Srinagar: A Nowhatta family from old Srinagar city still awaits the return of Siraj-ud-din Farooqi, father of sibling, who according to them was picked up by Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) on 22 January 1992 during a nocturnal raid and since then they have failed to track down his whereabouts.

“It has been 25 years of enforced disappearance now and we are still waiting for his return. We don’t know whether he is alive or dead but we can’t presume him dead till we find his body,” the family members of Siraj-ud-din Farooqi told news gathering agency CNS.

Siraj-ud-din Farooqi, a resident of Safakadal Srinagar is brother-in-law of militant commander Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar. According to his family members, they had invited him for a ceremonial dinner at their Nowhatta residence.

“On that fateful day in January 22, 1992, a contingent of Indian Border Security Forces personnel from 22 Battalion cordoned off our house and dragged Siraj and my brother Fayaz Ahmed Zargar out of the house and bundled them in an armoured vehicle,” Zahoor Ahmed Zargar, the brother-in-law of Siraj-ud-din Farooqi said.

He said that after 3 months, BSF men released his brother Fayaz in Chowkibal near LoC in Kupwara district. “They released him in the middle of night, blind folded, and it were the locals of Chowkibal who brought him home safely,” he added.

“My brother-in-law Siraj was not fortunate like my brother Fayaz. He disappeared and we don’t know whether he is alive or dead. We wandered from pillar to post and even registered an FIR against the 22 Battalion BSF at Police Station Nowhatta. We were offered government job and monetary assistance that we declined. We need to know about his fate. If they (BSF) have killed him, they should tell us where he has been buried,” said Zahoor Ahmed.

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