Kashmir: mother killed in crossfire last year, infant’s father arrested for stone hurling

Five months after his wife was killed in “cross firing”, Ishfaq Ahmad Wani has been arrested by police on charges of stone pelting, leaving his one-year-old daughter completely without parental care, a news agency reported on Monday.

Sources said police arrested Wani from Younsu area of Handwor in north Kashmir’s Kupwor district.

Wani’s wife Misra Bano died during an encounter on December 11, 2017, that also left three militants dead in the village.

Wani was summoned by police and was later put behind the bars.

A police officer said Wani was held after proper evidence about his involvement in stone pelting. “We have procured  video footage and he is seen leading the stone-throwing youth,” he said.

The residents of the area have expressed serious concern about Ishfaq’s detention saying his infant child and old-aged parents are now left with no one to take care of them.

“The minor girl lost her mother; now she is staying with the absence of her father. Her grandparents are very old. This is heart-wrenching,” one of the senior citizens of the village said.

The residents have demanded the immediate release of Ishfaq on humanitarian grounds.

“Let his (Ishfaq’s) parents come and he would be released after proper counseling,” the police officer said.