Iqbal Is Innocent, Please Release Him, Family Urges Govt

SRINAGAR — Family of Iqbal Ah­mad Rather, who was arrested by police on Srinagar-Jammu high­way has appealed the govern­ment to release him as according to them, he is innocent and un­aware of the reason why he has been arrested.

Hailing from Futlipora, Char-e-Sharief of central Kashmir, Iqbal’s family says that he had gone to Jammu for medical pur­poses as his father is suffering from cancer.

Lone brother of seven sisters with an ailing father, Iqbal is a student of BSc Nursing at Sher-e- Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS), Soura.

One of his sisters amid sob­bing stated that her brother is innocent and doesn’t have a least of knowledge about what happened at the highway that day. According to her, he was going to Jammu to seek appoint­ment for his ailing father and when the firing occurred, he in panic had rushed from the spot.

“We appeal DG sahib to release our brother. He is not a militant; he cannot be a militant as he has an ailing father and seven sisters. We don’t know why he has been arrested,” says one of the sisters of Iqbal,” the family stated.

Earlier, the students of BSc and PG Nursing students of Sher-e- Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS), Soura staged protest in Srinagar de­manding release of their fellow Iqbal Ahmad Rather.

“Iqbal had gone to Jammu for medical purposes as his fa­ther is suffering from cancer. He has seven sisters, he can’t do this. We know him; the alle­gations against him are totally baseless,” Amir Bashir, one of the students was quoted by the reports has having said.

The protesting students also had appealed the governor to im­mediately release Iqbal. (KNS)

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