Police Arrests Hizb Commander’s Father, 14 Others  

SRINAGAR — Father of popular militant commander Riyaz Naiko was among fifteen persons detained by police in south Kashmir’s Beighpora, Muran, Gudoora and Dogripora areas, sources said on Thursday.

Sources said that police raided the house of Assadullah Naiko at Beighpora Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and arrested him during last night.

SP Awantipora, Zahid Malik also confirmed the arrest of Assadullah and said that he has been detained for questioning.

Riyaz Naikoo alias Mohammad Bin Qasim is the chief operational commander of Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit.

Meanwhile, in separate raids, SOG Pulwama detained seven persons from Muran Village and they have been identified as Mohammad Isahaq Wani (17) son of Mohammad Yousuf, 11th class, Irfan Wani (24) son of Abdul Rashid (bread-maker), Amir Ahanger (19) son of Abdul Hamid (painter), Mohammad Ashraf Mir (32) son of Bashir Ahmad Mir (carpenter), Suhail Tramboo (18) son of Mohammad Ahsan, Sameer Sheikh (18) son of Abdul Lateef  and Tauseef Shiekh (18) son of Abdul Salam (painter).

At Gudoora village, the SOG during a raid last night arrested four more youths and they have been identified as Ishtiyaq Thokar (27) son of Abdul Hamid (Shopkeeper), Shahnawz Mir (24) son of Mohammad Yousuf (Ist Year Student), Arif Mir (22) son of Mohammad Yousuf (Labourer) and Rayees Shiekh (26) son of Ghulam Nabi (Shopkeeper).

In a similar raid, police detained Ghulam Hassan, father of an active militant Lateef Tiger, along with his two sons—Zubair Ahmad and Nadeem Ahmad-- at Dogripora area of Pulwama district during the raid last night.

A police officer confirmed the detention of all the fourteen youths including two brothers, father of the active militant Lateef Tiger.

Meanwhile, government forces allegedly set ablaze two houses of active militants Shahi Jahan Mir at Amshipora and Syed Naveed at Nazneenpora in south Kashmir's Shopian district, the affected families said.

The families alleged that government forces set ablaze houses of the two active militants at respective villages during last night. The household goods were damaged at both the places, the families said.

 “If they have to fight with each other why families are being dragged day by day? They are irritating us. No doubt our sons have joined militant ranks but it does not mean that Indian forces will suppress us, harass us and threaten us,” said father of an active militant Waseem Ahmad of Amshiopora.

A police officer said that they have not received any such complaint of setting ablaze of residential houses.  

JRL Warns Against Harassing Families Of Militants ;Says Situation Will Be ‘Out Of Control’ If Such Ploys Not Halted Immediately 

Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Thursday said harassing and humiliating families of armed youth by the government forces will only “worsen the situation and turn it ugly and out of control.”  

In a statement issued here, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Miwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad  Yasin Malik strongly condemned the ploys being employed by the authorities to punish intimidate harass and humiliate the families of armed youth .  

The leadership said that the arbitrary arrest of 70-year-old Assadullah Naikoo father of Reyaz Naikoo and two brothers of Lateef Tiger, burning down of the homes of two armed youth— Shahjahan and Syed Naveed in Shopian district and arrest by NIA of Syed Shakeel, the second son of Syed Salahudin besides arrest of dozens of youth from Pulwama are acts of “pure revenge” which “can in no way deter Kashmiri’s from pursing the goal of freedom from oppression and occupation.” 

The leadership said that use of unbridled force and military might against Kashmiri’s only strengthens “our resolve.”

“The the sacrifices offered by each segment of society and their unflinchingly support and dedication to the principled cause sends a strong message to the powers that be in New Delhi which has unnerved them and their only response to it is repression through authoritarian and absolute use of force.” 

The JRL said the sacrifices and steadfastness of people will one day force GoI to relent and accept the reality of “Kashmir dispute and the inevitability to resolve it.”

 Denouncing imposition of curfew in many parts of Kashmir, the JRL paid rich tributes to two armed youth killed in an encounter at Hajin in Bandipora with government forces.

The leadership also thanked the people of J&K for observing an exemplary protest strike against the attempts to assault on the hereditary state subject laws, warning stating  that people will immediately hit the streets in protest in case of any adverse judgment by Supreme Court of India.

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