Father & other members of the family, booked under UAPA for demanding son body

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The Jammu and Kashmir Police has booked the father and members of the family of the 11th class student who was killed by Indian forces in Srinagar on 30 December 2020, under the draconian UAPA for organising a protest where they demanded the return of the body of minor, reported the Kashmir Walla.An FIR (No. 7/2021) was filed against the seven residents of Pulwama district including the members of the family of Athar Mushtaq, {the teenager} killed in the Srinagar, under sections 147, 341, 153 IPCs, and 13 of the UAPA at the police station Rajpora in Pulwama, the police officials told Kashmir news web site.The seven people named by the police include Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, father of Athar Mushtaq, and Mushtaq’s two uncles Mohammad Shafi Wani and Mohammad Hussain Wani. The other 4 people named are Fayaz Ahmad Wani, Jalaludin Wani, Ruba Mi and Mushtaq Ahmad Mir.“The police told me to stop speaking to the media and to neglect no matter has occurred and to close my mouth,” slain’s father Mushtaq Ahmad Wani informed the Kashmir Walla.“My relatives have also been booked, the FIR was registered on Friday, local Senior Head officer  and DSP came to my house,” he said.“After losing his son in an alleged fake encounter, Athar Mushtaq’s father has been slapped with an FIR for demanding his dead body. His crime was to stage a peaceful protest. The inhabitants of Naya Kashmir can’t even question a callous admin and have been decreased to residing corpses,” former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted on Sunday.

Athar was amongst three youth, whom safety forces say have been militants and killed at Lawaypora in Srinagar outskirts on December 30. However, families of the slain youth have clarified that the three were civilians and not even remotely connected with militancy. Based on Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, his son was studying in class 11th.“He was a civilian and brutally killed by troops in a staged encounter,” he mentioned. The bodies of all the three slain youth Athar Mushtaq, Aijaz Ahmad Gani , each hailing from Pulwama and Zubair Ahmad Lone from Shopian were buried by police quietly in a graveyard in Sonamarg area in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. Wani and other family members protested and made a fervent appeal to the Jammu & Kashmir administration to return the bodies for burials. They also demanded an inquiry into the alleged ‘encounter’. “After my son’s demise, I went to Srinagar and visited the Police Management Room to see my son’s face for the last time. I was not allowed. Then I went to Gund, Ganderbal, and pleaded with security men to let me, my spouse, and my daughter see Athar’s face. However, we weren’t allowed to see him for the last time,” Athar’s father informed the press media.

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