Justice Masoodi demands release of youth arrested after killing of Zakir Musa in south Kashmir

National Conference (NC) leader and elected Member of

Parliament Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi on Monday demanded immediate release
of youth arrested in south Kashmir “so that they re-join their educational
institutions without further delay.”

“We demand an immediate release of the arrested youth
without causing any blemish on their career so that they can immediately
re-join their respective education institutions and resume their studies,”
Justice Masoodi said while addressing NC workers at Khanabal in south Kashmir’s
Anantnag district.

He said that hundreds of youth from south Kashmir areas like
Kokernag, Anantnag, Qazigund, Awantipora, Pampore, Seer Hamdan and other places
and a good number of them reportedly juveniles have been arrested on mere suspicion
and locked in the police stations after the killing of militant commander Zakir
Musa.

He said that hundreds of people wait outside police stations
for hours together, to see their children free from police custody.

Masoodi appealed to the administration to immediately let
off the youth without registering a case as they have been arrested on “mere
suspicion that they may join a religious gathering” and registration of cases
in these circumstances would unjustifiably put their career at peril and push
them to uncertainty.

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Justice Masoodi reminded the administration that atrocities
and high handedness would be fraught with grave consequences and in some case
push the harassed youth to militancy.

He has asked the administration and police authorities to
learn from the “previous mistakes” and avoid confrontationist attitude.

-GK

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