Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Shopian protest ends as 'missing' youth is found with militants

Shopian protest ends as 'missing' youth is found with militants

Life in south Kashmir district of Shopian returned to normal after four days strike against the disappearance of a youth in police custody.

Reacting to the news reports of a youth, Zubair Ahmad Turray joining armed struggle, Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik Monday said that from last four years he used to see the innocent young boy in central jail Srinagar incarcerated under the charges of stone pelting.

However, on Sunday, Tantray appeared in a video clip posted on the social media, displaying weapons along with other militants.

In a little more than 5 minute video, Turray, who is wearing olive military fatigue and is sitting behind a desk on which guns and grenades are placed, begins his speech by reciting the versus from Quran. "The reasons for my escape were painful but oppression forced me to do it... I had no other option", he said.

He claims that he was forced to spend four years in jail for no fault of his. He has spent many years in different jails and has been slapped with draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) seven times so far. "I was under custody for the past four years". He claimed that whenever he approached the high court or his father ensured that the PSA case against him was quashed, another case of PSA was levelled against him. After quashing of one case, they (police) would detain me illegally for three months and then slap another. However, father of the Zubair alleged that a day before his (Zubair) disappearance, police informed him that he will be released from the detention.

He concludes his message with an appeal to the people to support the "freedom movement" and thanks the people of Shopian for their pro-freedom stance.

It is now reported that Zubair has joined militants.

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