Kulgam blast house owner still untraced after abduction

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 11/7/2018 12:08:57 AM

Family reiterates appeal for his safe release

ANANTNAG, Nov 6: On October 22, the gunfight in Bhat family's house in Laroo village of Kulgam left three militants dead.
During the encounter the forces razed the house to rubble using mortars and explosives rendering the family homeless. The left over explosive material that went off soon after the gunfight was over claimed seven more civilian lives.
Five days later on October 27, when the family was still inconsolable over losing his home and other belongings, masked men arrived in a Santro car and abducted Sheeraz Ahmad Bhat, son of the house owner. The homeless family comprising of Sheeraz's aged parents, wife and three little children including two daughters since then is living in fear and uncertainty in a portion of the neighbour’s house. Though the wife and daughter a day after abduction of Sheeraz had in a video appealed to the abductors for the release of their son but nearly two weeks have passed Sheeraz remains untraced.
Neither the family has any clue as to who and why their son was kidnapped nor police which blames militants for his abduction has got any leads into the case.
More than losing the shelter the family is worried about the safety of their son.
"We do not need anything. I don't need house. But I want my beloved son back," Sheeraz's visibly week and aged mother is heard saying in a video message.
Sheeraz, according to family relatives, was working as a driver with local gas agency from last ten years and is the lone bread earner in the family.
"Though the family after their house was blasted has been offered shelter by a neighbour and other neighbours too are supporting them in these tough times but both his wife and mother only keep weeping all the time. They remain inconsolable as they are worried about Sheeraz's safety," the relative said.
The family, he said, is ruined to the hilt.
"The family was already economically down. Whatever the family had was turned into ashes in a few moments. Now the family’s only hope is Sheeraz and they don't want to lose this hope. Abductors should release him keeping in consideration the family's pitiable condition," the relative said.
The abducted man's wife, Nusrat, according to family's neighbour virtually begged before every journalist who visited the family all these days.
"My husband has done nothing wrong. I fail to understand why he has been abducted and we have also lost our house. I have two daughters and a toddler son. Where shall I go and what should I do if any harm is done to him," Nusrat had told a group of local reporters a couple of days ago.
Top police officials could not be reached for their version. However, a police official blamed the militants for abduction of Sheeraz. "We have registered a case into the matter and investigations are on. But so far we have got no leads into the case," the police official said.

 

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