3 youth released among 10 detained; 6 teach at Srinagar Madrassa

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Srinagar, Apr 04: More than a week after the arrest of 10 youth from various pockets of Srinagar in a militancy related case, police have made conditional release of three of them including a student of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Parvez Ahmad Bhat. Minister of State for Home and police say that facts are being verified on fast pace about the seven detained youth and their release or further detention would be decided in coming two to three days. Among the 10 arrested youth, six according to sources were arrested during a raid on a Madrassa in Chattabal area of old Srinagar. They were identified as Bilal Ahmad, Muhammad Zahid, Muhammad Umar, Sajad Ahmad and Suhail Ahmad. All of them are students and reportedly teach Holy Quran at the local Madrassa. Others who were arrested include the final year student of B Tech in NIT Parvez Ahmad Bhat. Parvez and Zahid were reportedly arrested from their homes by the cops of police post Chattabal in nocturnal raids. Sajad Ahmad and Suhail Ahmad were arrested from Bemina and HMT areas of Srinagar in two different raids. The arrest of Parvez had sparked off protest demonstrations at NIT and the protesting students had threatened to launch agitation in case he was not released. The family of Parvez had said that their ward was innocent. The families of all the arrested youth have also said that their wards were innocent. They have demanded their immediate release. “We hope our kin would be released without any further delay. They are innocent,” the families of detained youth said. Nasir Aslam Wani, Minister of State for Home told Greater Kashmir over phone that some of youth have been released after verification. “Police is investigating the charges against other arrested youth. The investigations will certainly decide the fate of detained youth,” Wani said adding that the career of youth have to be considered positively. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar, Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, told Greater Kashmir that 10 youth were arrested on suspicion in a “somewhat militancy related case”. He said three youth have been released on conditional basis. “We have released three youth on conditional basis. They have agreed to cooperate into the further investigations of the case,” the SSP said. “We are ascertaining the facts about the other seven detained youth and their releases or detention would be decided soon.” Bukhari said that police was trying its best to save the career of these youth. “They have a career and we are looking positively from that side,” the SSP said. A middle rung police official said that these youth have been asked by police not to leave the Valley without prior information to the investigating officials.

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