Terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen
on Sunday threatened to abduct the family members and relatives of J&K policemen who had recently arrested the mother of a slain Hizb terrorist in a criminal case.
Naseema Bano, the mother of slain terrorist Tauseef Ahmed, was arrested from
in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on June 20. Tauseef’s sister is also wanted by police for unlawful activities.
Tauseef was killed along with Hizb commander
and Kashmir University teacher-turned-terrorist Muhammad Rafi in
area of Shopian in May, 2018.
Issuing the threat in a letter written in its letterhead, Hizbul said that its cadres were “duty-bound to safeguard the family members of the slain Mujahideen”.
“As such, we will treat the kins of policemen living over Kashmir, same way as they have treated militants’ family members (sic),” the threat letter said.
According to police, Naseema was involved in recruiting several youths into Hizbul outfit. “A 2018 FIR under various sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act stands registered against the mother of the slain terrorist and his sister for abetment.”
Police said that the arrest was done in accordance with provisions of law and Naseema has been under legally sanctioned custody in women’s police station in Anantnag ever since her arrest.
“Naseema is involved in serious offences and her role has surfaced in recruiting youths into terrorist ranks, besides arranging arms and ammunition, communication and logistics for terror outfits. We also have a photograph of her holding an automatic weapon and posing with her terrorist son,” police said.
“Just because she happens to be a woman or the mother of a killed terrorist does not make her immune to arrest. It is the prime duty of police to arrest criminals to safeguard the people it serves and that is what it has done. Anyone who wishes to challenge the arrest is free to approach the court of law for redressal,” police said.