APCR’s intervention in Kashmiri students detention

(May 30, 2012): Two Kashmiri students of Jamiatul Falah, a renowned madrasa in Azamgarh, were illegally detained in Aligarh, U.P. as the duo were travelling to Delhi from Azamgarh by Kaifiyat Express to meet their elder brother, who was seriously taken ill.

As the train stopped at Aligarh Railway Station at 6:30 am on 24th May, armed personnel of UP ATS barged into the general coach and took out the two boys.
Six days passed while no official statement about the detention/arrest was made to family, nor the madarsa by the police or ATS.

The names and details of the victims are as follows:

1.    Mohammad Waseem Bhat, son of Mr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, resident of Tarzova in Sopore area of Baramulla district. According to records at Jamiatul Falah, Bilariya Ganj, Azamgarh, UP, Waseem’s date of birth is 8 Jan, 1992. He did Hifz (memorized Quran) in a madarsa in Gujarat and took admission in Arabic Awwal (9th class) at Jamiatul Falah on 7 Oct, 2010.

2.    Sajjad Ahmad Bhat, cousin of Waseem, is the son of Mr. Ghulam Rasool Bhat. His date of birth is 13 March, 1992. Sajjad did matriculation at Govt. High School, Sopore. He also took admission in Arabic Awwal at Jamiatul Falah on 24 September, 2011.

APCR requested National Human Rights Commission, State Human Rights Commission with other competent authorities to kindly investigate into the matter immediately and initiate an enquiry to protect the victims from danger of life, so that the fundamental rights of the victims and their parents may be upheld. It is clearly a case of violation of human rights and civil rights of Indian citizens. Parents and relatives of the victims are wondering at the way the police had arrested their sons in Aligarh.

It may be mentioned that Uttar Pradesh Police and ATS have completely violated and ignored the directions of Supreme Court of India as provided under the case of D.K. Basu Vs State of West Bengal, 1997.

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