In occupied Kashmir, family of a Doda-based lawyer and social activist, Babur-ul-Islam Nehru has expressed concern over his safety saying he is in police custody since 22 July without any charges.
According to media sources, Babur’s younger brother, Abdul Mateen Nehru told media persons in Jammu, “He was picked from outside masjid and taken to police station Gandhi Nagar. Later he was shifted to another police station and now he is presently lodged in Akhnoor police station.”
The family said in last two weeks, Babar has been shifted to three different police stations. “When I went to meet him at the police station, he told me that a senior police officer had visited him and told him that he is a threat to peace. I don’t know how he is a threat, when he was doing his regular job and social work,” Mateen informed. The Akhnoor police station has confirmed that he is in their lockup, “Yes, he is in our police station.” When asked about the charges on which he has been detained he told “it is confidential and can’t tell it over the phone.” Doda-based lawyer and bar association member, S Mudassir Hassan said, “The problem with this case is that they aren’t communicating the charges under which he has been put in the jail. I came to know yesterday that the magistrate has extended his police remand by another 14 days despite the fact that DIG Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban range has given him a clean chit.” Kashmir based human rights activist and chairperson of Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances, Khurram Parvez condemned the detention of Babur and asked for his immediate release. Last year, Babur was arrested and booked under the the draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA) for organizing protests against the civilian killings in Kashmir.