Srinagar: Family members and relatives of Zahoor Ahmad Rather from Dooru area of Anantnag on Monday staged a protest at press colony Srinagar and demanded his release while insisting that Zahoor was associated with walnut trade and not any militant group.
While talking with reporters at Press Colony Srinagar, family of Zahor said that their son is innocent and has nothing to do with militancy since he surrendered in 2006.
They said that Zahoor was arrested from a rented accommodation in Jammu where he was selling walnuts in winters from last three to four years to earn livelihood
They also said that he has two little kids and his wife has been unwell since the police took him.
“We don’t have any source of income and belong to a poor family and to reach here we had to sell our sheep to bear the expenses of fare to reach Srinagar,” said Zahoor’s father Gh Hassan Rather, adding that since his arrest “we have been moving from pillar to post to know about his whereabouts but to no avail.”
It is pertinent to mention here that Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar had said that a police team from Anantnag district travelled to Samba and caught the TRF militant alive. “The arrested militant had killed three BJP workers and a police man last year in Kulgam district and was wanted,” he said. He said that the militant was being brought to Kashmir for further investigations.
Police in a statement also said that Zahoor was involved in the killing of three BJP workers in Vessu area of district Kulgam, last year. “He was also involved in the killing of a policeman namely HC Abdul Rashid Dar of Furrah on July 22, 2020 outside his residence. Besides target killings in South Kashmir, he was also instrumental in recruiting innocent youth into militant ranks.
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