POLICE ARREST NAYEEM KHAN
Remanded To Judicial Custody Till Feb 12
Srinagar, Feb 8: Jammu and Kashmir Police Friday arrested the senior separatist leader and Chairman of National Front Nayeem Ahmed Khan from his residence here. While the police maintain that they have executed a non-bailable warrant issued by Sub-Judge Pattan against Khan, the development comes in the backdrop of state government’s formal sanction to police to launch legal proceedings against him in a two-year old case.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, general secretary of the National Front advocate Hilal Ahmad said police arrested Khan from his residence at Baghaat Barzulla here this morning. “A large contingent of police raided the house of Khan this morning and arrested him. Later he was taken to the court of sub-judge Pattan where he was remanded to judicial custody till 12th of this month,” he said.
Hilal said the arrest of Khan is a “clear message that the claims of New Delhi and the state government on democracy and tolerance are a hoax and the incumbent regime is on the path to crush its political opponents by force.”
Meanwhile, a police spokesman this evening said they have “executed a non-bailable warrant issued by Sub-Judge, Pattan against Khan.” “A case FIR No: 5/2000 under section 13 Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was registered in Police Station Pattan against Nayeem Khan. The challan in the case was produced in the court of Sub-Judge Pattan in 2008. The Court today remanded him to judicial custody and on its directions he was shifted to Central Jail Srinagar,” the spokesman said.
Pertinently, the State Government had last week granted formal sanction to Police to launch legal proceedings against Khan and his colleague Abdul Hamid Bhat under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a case of the year 2011. In this case, Khan was booked by police along with his associate vide FIR number 72/ 2011 under section 147 RPC and 13 of the UA(P) Act. “In the FIR, police has accused Khan and his associate of raising provocative slogans against the sovereignty of India on 16th September 2011 at Gole Market Karan Nagar Srinagar,” sources said.
Meanwhile, MLA Langate Er. Abdur Rashid strongly condemned Khan’s arrest. “It has exposed the tall and hollow claims made by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and his colleagues that separatists must talk to the Government of India on the resolution of Kashmir issue and that the central government is ready to have unconditional talks with them,” Rashid said.
Rashid criticized the State and central government for what he said not wasting any opportunity in “giving Kashmiris a sense of defeat.” He demanded immediate release of all Kashmiris, including Khan, detained in various jails in and outside the State.
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Lastupdate on : Fri, 8 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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