Police arrests killed militant's mother, books her under UAPA

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/30/2020 12:44:47 AM

SRINAGAR, June 28: Police has arrested the mother of a slain militant and booked her under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in connection with an FIR registered back in 2018.
Fifty-five-year-old Naseema Banoo, arrested on June 20 from Kulgam district, is the mother of Hizbul Mujahideen’s militant commander Tawseef Sheikh, who was killed in an encounter in 2018.
A police spokesman in a statement said Naseema Banoo of Rampora Qaimoh was arrested on June 20 in a criminal case with FIR no 30 of 2018 registered under sections 13B, 17, 18, 18B, 19, 39 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
"The arrest was done in compliance of provisions of law and she has been under legally sanctioned custody in women police station Anantnag ever since her arrest," he said.
The spokesman added that the arrested person is involved in a serious criminal case. "The photo of the arrested woman in which she is toting an automatic weapon and posing next to her son who was an active militant at the time speaks it all. The photo is just the beginning of her criminal involvements. She is involved in much more serious offences and her role has surfaced in recruiting atleast two youth into militants ranks, arranging arms ammunition, communication and logistics for militants and militant organisations," the spokesman added.
He said just because she happens to be a woman or the mother of a killed militant does not make her immune to arrest. "It is the prime duty of the police to arrest criminals to safeguard the people it serves and that is what it has done. Anyone who wishes to challenge the decision is free to approach the court of law for redressal," spokesman said.
He added that many social media posts have been generated and shared which have twisted the facts of the matter in order to cause disturbance of peace and tranquility. Police has taken cognisance of the matter and anyone trying to instigate others through whatsoever means will be prosecuted against, he said.
Meanwhile, reacting to criticism over detention of the mother of a slain militant in south Kashmir district of Kulgam, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar today said police doesnot target families of militants without evidence.
Kumar said sister of active militant Abbas Sheikh and mother of killed militant, Naseema Banoo was arrested on June 20 under sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
The IGP said she was also involved in recruiting youths into militant ranks. Banoo’s son was killed on May 6, 2018 along with Kashmir University assistant professor Mohammad Rafi Butt and three others in Shopian.



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