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Families of three Kashmiris arrested in Delhi stage protest in Srinagar

Srinagar: Family members, including women and children, of three Kashmiri residents arrested by Delhi police on December 7 staged a protest demanding their immediate release.

Residents of the central Kashmir district of Badgam, the three identified as Shabir Ahmad Gojri, Reyaz Ahmad Rather, and Mohammad Ayub Pathan, were arrested by Delhi Police Monday along with two Punjab residents in connection with an alleged militancy.

However, their family members staged a dharna at Press Enclave in Srinagar and refuted the Delhi police claim despite chilly weather conditions.

Holding placards that read “They are innocents,” “We want justice,” they appealed to Lt Governor, Director General of Police (DGP) to intervene for the release of arrested persons.

Demanding immediate release, the protestors said they were innocents and are being framed in fictitious cases. This was just a drama to implicate the innocents, they said.

They questioned whether people from Kashmir have any right to visit Delhi. A son of Pathan said his father is working in a bandsaw and has nothing to do with militancy or politics.

The wife of Gojri said her husband is visiting the shrine of Ajmeer Sharief every year in winter. This time, Reyaz accompanied him but was arrested in Delhi, she said, and demanded their release.

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