It has been three months since the High Court quashed the detention order under Public Safety Act (PSA) of Khurshid Ahmad Lone, a Muslim League activist from Naidkhai area of Bandipora, but his wife and her two teenage children are still running from pillar to post to know his whereabouts.
Khurshid Ahmad Lone’s PSA detention was quashed by the High Court in December last year. His family said that police arrested him on June 3 on some charges and he was detained at Sumbal police station after his arrest. After the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani on July 8 and during the mass uprising in Kashmir, Lone was slapped with PSA on August 2 and shifted to Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu, his family said.
Khurshid’s wife and their two children are frustrated about the fact that why police are denying information about him even after the high court has quashed the PSA case against him on December 22.
Masarat, Khurshid’s wife, said she has travelled to every jail in north Kashmir to know the whereabouts of her husband in the past 10 days. Everywhere she goes she meets with disappointment. At certain jails, she has been verbally abused, she said. “My husband was shifted to Sumbal police station after his PSA was quashed in December, but instead of releasing him, he was shifted to Baramulla Jail,” Masarat said. “After that, he was again brought to Sumbal, but since then I have received no information about my husband. Every police officer denies information of him and directs me to other officers. At times they abuse me with harsh words,” she alleged.
Masarat said that she has a daughter and a son to take care of, but in searching for her husband she has had to stop her work of shawl weaving. “I don’t get the time to work and the frustration of searching for my husband has taken a toll on my already fragile health. I have diabetes,” she said. Her son Fazil, 17, instead of continuing his studies after passing the Class 10 examination, is doing menial jobs to feed his family. Masarat’s daughter, Arizu, 15, was studying at an Islamic seminary in Sopore but has returned home because of illness. “She has developed kidney stones,” Masarat said.—GK