Reacting to the statement of JKLF chairman Yasin Malik, Baramulla police chief Sunday issued a statement to press regarding a differently-abled detainee lodged under PSA in Srinagar’s central jail.
Separatist leader Yasin Malik on Saturday said, “How can a man who is not able to walk two steps on his feet be implicated in stone-pelting cases and sent to jail on PSA?”
Malik had termed, in a statement, the arrest of Tanveer Ahmad War, son of Muhammad Shaban War of Old Town, Baramulla as a brazen act of “hardheartedness of the authorities, their police and civil administration”.
Senior superintendent of police Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain on Sunday said the accused spearheaded violent mob violence in Baramulla town pushing young boys on forefront of trouble endangering their lives.
“The accused was actively involved in 2016 unrest in old town Baramulla who had been moving around on the tricycle provided to him earlier by Army as a goodwill gesture. He would decorate his tricycle with Pakistani flags and make announcements from Public Address Systems instigating people for violence. On one occasion he with the help of his gang hijacked 4 tippers loaded with stones and got them unloaded on roads of old town Baramulla to block these roads so that police was prevented to act against the miscreants”, SSP Baramulla was quoted in a statement.
Malik had said he met this person who revealed a “horrific tale” of torture and apathy that he had had to endure at the hands of the police and other forces for the last year.
“This differently-abled person told me that he is handicapped from birth and was taken into custody by police on 21 September 2016 on charges of pelting stones and despite being handicapped he was severely tortured in police custody,” the statement quoted Malik as saying.
Baramulla police chief further said that it was the same accused who ‘forced and threatened’ slain Hurriat leader Sheikh Aziz to lead the procession towards LoC during ‘Muzafarabad chalo’ call, who wanted to return back from Sheeri Baramulla.
“The accused who was atop a truck threatened the slain leader with dire consequences and told him if he could march ahead with disabilities, what excuse had the leader had?”, SSP Baramulla said in the press statement.
Malik had questioned authorities and said, “We want to ask (the) shameless rulers and their oppressive police and civil administration that how a person, who moves with the help of sticks, can throw stones on forces”.
According to police the accused is involved in 16 cases of instigating and engineering mob and street violence.
“This person despite his disability has been making good use of his tricycle to travel and headed a gang of stone pelters who would help him in undertaking his antisocial activities.” Reads the press statement issued to media in Baramulla