Government forces detain old city youth from shop

An Old City youth, known for his prolonged detentions under Public Safety Act (PSA) for his pro-Azadi stand, was today nabbed by police from his shop in old quarters of Kashmir capital, his family said.

Waqar Ahmad Moharkan, who has been previously slapped with three PSAs and has 26 cases registered against him, was today arrested from Bohri Kadal in downtown city. His family said: “A large posse of police led by many officers arrived in several vehicles at our shop and nabbed Waqar. They beat him severely and bundled him into one of their vehicles. He has been detained at Nowhatta police station.”

The detained youth’s family and friends said that he had recently launched a charity group namely ‘Al Nasr’ to help needy, particularly the kith and kin of persons killed by government forces. “He was from many days campaigning for charity purpose as Eid is days away. He wanted to help as much as people he could,” said one of Waqar’s friends, adding: “Charity work is humanitarian work and is not illegal under any law.”

The father of Waqar said time and again his son is being arrested by police on one or another pretext. “This should stop now. Our lives have been made hell,” he said. Ironically, the detention of the youth has come at a time when residents of Valley were hoping that authorities would release youth and other political prisoners from prisons on ‘humanitarian basis’ as Eid-ul-Fitr is approaching. The family of Waqar has sought his immediate release

No police official was available for comment.