26 years on, no trace of missing Nowhatta man

Srinagar, January 22, 2018 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the family members of an enforced disappeared person, Siraj-ud-din Farooqui have appealed to the international human rights organisations to intervene for mitigation of their sufferings. Siraj-ud-din Farooqui, a resident of Nowhatta, Srinagar, was picked up by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on January 22, 1992 during a search operation in the area.

Farooqi, who originally hails from Safa Kadal area of downtown, had gone to his in-laws house to have a dinner. “We don’t know whether he is dead or alive. We are waiting for his return for the past 26 years,” said Fayaz Ahmad Zargar who is Farooqi’s brother-in-law. “Since then, we have been looking for him; however, we have no clue where he is or what exactly happened to him,” he added.

While Farooqui made it to the long list of the disappeared people in Kashmir, the family had more woes coming their way. Disappeared Farooqui’s son, Adil Siraj and another family member Dawood Fayaz were also arrested on fake charges in July 2017 and are languishing in Central Jail in Srinagar, the family member added.

“Since 2008, the police have been harassing them,” he said while appealing to international human rights bodies including international Red Cross, Amnesty International and Organization of Islamic Cooperation to intervene in the matter.

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