Our sons innocent, have no militant links: Families
Precious Kashmir News/Agencies
New Delhi, Nov 17: Delhi Police claimed to have arrested two suspected Kashmiri militants of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Delhi last night.
The two men were arrested by the Delhi Police’s Special Cell from southeast Delhi’s Sarai Kale Khan at around 10 pm.
“On the basis of the information received, a trap was laid near Millennium Park, Sarai Kale Khan, and two suspected militants, who are residents of Jammu and Kashmir, were arrested around 10.15 pm,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav said in a statement.
Abdul Latif Mir (22), a resident of Doru village in J&K’s Baramulla district and Mohammad Ashraf Khatana (20), a resident of Hat Mulla village of Kupwara district, have been arrested.
Two semi-automatic pistols along with 10 live cartridges have been recovered from them, the police officer said.
Meanwhile, family members of two Kashmiri youth rejected the charges levelled against the duo stating that their sons have no links with militancy and are innocent.
Bashir Ahmad Khatana, father of Muhammad Ashraf, one of the arrested youth, refuted the charges leveled against his son and said that his son has no militancy links and that he would lead prayers in a masjid.
“My son left home on November 4 for Srinagar from Delhi and contacted for the last time on November 5 from an unknown number and stated that he will reach next day,” said Khatana, adding that “My son had gone to buy some clothing and other personal material for his marriage that was fixed on 11 and 12 November but this arrest is a shocker for the entire family and his in-laws as well.”
He said that soon after he learned that the special cell in Delhi had claimed the arrest of his son as a Jaish-e-Muhammad associate. “I talked to local DySP and others and intimated them about the same and pleaded the innocence of my son,” Khatana said.
The family members of second arrested youth Abdul Latif, 20 of Duroo, Sopore, was arrested with his friend Ashraf.
Sanaullah Mir, the father of Abdul Latif said his son had gone to Delhi 4th November for some. “My son is Hafiz-e-Quran (one who memorisesquran). Barely after two days, we lost contact with him. Last time we spoke to our son was November 6,” he said. “I am to know about the arrest of my son through a news channel. I was shocked to see my son being arrested on the pretext of being a militant associate.”
The family members of both the youth appealed the Jammu and Kashmir LG, Manoj Sinha, and Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh and sought their intervention into the arrest of their sons and demanded the early release of the duo. (KNO)