Srinagar, January 22, 2017 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a family of Nowhatta area of Srinagar still awaits the return of Sirajuddin Farooqi, who was picked up by Indian Border Security Forces on 22 January 1992 during a nocturnal raid on his relative house in Srinagar. The family members of Farooqi in a media interview in Srinagar said, “It has been 25 years now and we are still waiting for his return. We don’t know whether he is alive or dead but we can’t presume him dead till we find his body.”
Farooqi, a resident of Safakadal was the brother-in-law of Mujahid commander Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar. According to his family members, they had invited him for a ceremonial dinner at their Nowhatta residence. “On that fateful day, a contingent of Indian Border Security Forces personnel from 22 Battalion cordoned off our house and dragged Siraj and my brother Fayaz Ahmad Zargar from the house and bundled them in an armoured vehicle,” Zahoor Ahmad Zargar, the brother-in-law of Farooqi said.
He said that after three months, BSF men released his brother Fayaz on Chowkibal border in Kupwara district. “They released him in the middle of the night blind folded and locals of Chowkibal brought him home,” he said. “My brother-in-law Siraj was not fortunate like my brother Fayaz. He went missing and we don’t know whether he is alive or dead. We ran from pillar to post and registered an FIR against the 22 Battalion BSF at Police Station Nowhatta. We need to know about his fate. If they (BSF) have killed him, they should tell us where he has been buried,” said Zahoor Ahmad.
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