In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Musatafa Ahmad Sheikh, two time detainee under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), has gone missing from Tekipora village of Lolab in Kupwara district.
Musatafa Ahmad Sheikh, 27, was booked under PSA post the martyrdom of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani in 2016 followed by another detention when PhD scholar, Manan Wani was martyred in 2018.
Maqbool Ahmad, Musatafa Ahmad Sheikh’s cousin, said, “Few days after Burhan Wani’s martyrdom, he (Sheikh) was arrested outside local higher secondary school in Tekipora.
In 2018, Sheikh was again arrested during a night raid by Indian police after the martyrdom of Manan Wani.
“He was sent to Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu right after his detention. One year later he was shifted to Sub-district jail in Kupwara where he was kept for 29 days.
From there he was shifted to Srinagar central jail for 17 months till his release in February this year,” Maqbool said.
Sheikh’s wailing mother, Sharifa Begum said in a media interview, “While being in prison in Jammu, he had injuries on his left leg. After he was released he started developing pain in his leg.”
As per the family, Sheikh left home on June 24 on the pretext that he has to see a doctor at Kupwara hospital.
“I gave him Rs 1000 from my pocket. But I didn’t know that he will not return home,” Sharifa Begum said.
Jamal Sheikh, Sheikh’s uncle, said, “After he was released his health condition wasn’t fine. He couldn’t earn. He hardly managed to do household chores.”
Sheikh, who has lost his father, Abdul Ahad Sheikh, is survived by his mother along with an 18 year old younger brother, Bilal Ahmad, and a 15 year old sister Kushboo Jan.
Station House Officer of Sogam Police Station told media that a missing report has been registered in the case and the investigations are on.—KMS