Families of Budgam trio arrested in Delhi protest

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Dec 8: The family members of the three people hailing from Budgam who were arrested in Delhi today protested, seeking immediate release of their beloved ones.
The family members said that the trio have been falsely implicated by the Delhi police and that they were innocent as they had gone to Delhi to buy certain household items.
The three Kashmiris who were arrested by the Delhi police after an “encounter” in Delhi’s Shakarpur area include Riyaz Ahmad Rather, Shabir Ahmad Gojri and Muhammad Ayub Pathan. Riyaz and Shabir hail from Nasrullah Pora village of Budgam, and Ayub belongs to Gondhipora village of the district and the two from Punjab were identified as Gurjeet Singh and Sukhdeep Singh.
The son Muhammad Ayub Pathan Idrees, 65, Idress Ayub Pathan said that his father had gone to Delhi to get some equipment for a sawmill that he owns. “Apart from this, he had to get some electrical equipment for the new house that we have built, but then we came to know about his arrest, we are all in shock,” he said.
He said that he has got three girls back home and is the sole breadwinner of the family. “We appeal the LG as well as the DGP to intervene into the matter and help in getting my father released; what was his crime, we ask? Can’t we go to Delhi,” he asked.
Shaista wife of Shabir Ahmad Gojri said that on Saturday 9 am her husband left for Delhi to get some things. “On Sunday 8:30 am he called and said that they were safe; then his phone was off and after some time, someone called me from his number—he was speaking in a different language; then we came to know next day about the news.
She said that her husband is innocent and is not involved in such activities. “I know him from last 11 years, if he was a militant, I should have known that,” she said.