By Shahid Tantray, Photojournalist | Srinagar, Kashmir
A local court in Srinagar, Kashmir, today, extended the remand of Danish Farooq Wani, a minor of 16-years-old, after he was re-arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police of Kralkhud Police Station, on November 26, allegedly for being a stone thrower.
Danish was taken handcuffed to the court and was presented before the second Munsif, by the police, where his police remand was extended December 9, 2012. The hearing for his bail will be heard on December 3. He was earlier arrested on November 19 but was granted bail on November 26, the day he was re-arrested.
The proceedings are going on in a case registered against him under an FIR number 26/2012 and in which he has been booked under 307 RPC, 285 RPC by the police station.
A day earlier, Chief Judicial Magistrate had issued notice to the Station House Officer (SHO), Aftab Ahmad, of the police station, in proceedings of contempt of court. The magistrate had directed the SHO to file a reply and a statement of facts in person in contempt petition by or before December 1, 2012.
While re-arresting him on November 26, Danish cried and alleged that he was beaten up by the cops and was forced to accept the charges leveled on him. He also complained of being harassed inside the police custody. He has developed cardiac problems now. After the police vehicles left, taking him along, his mother arrived and she has to leave him while police took him away.
Police in its reply, filed today, before the court through the Chief Prosecuting Officer to the CJM said, “They were busy in maintaining law and order for two days that is why they couldn’t present the accused.”
Babar Qadri, who represents Danish in the court, alleged that police is harassing him and his family. “Police is harassing the family of Danish, his lawyer and particularly his uncle,” Qadri said.
However police has rubbished the claims of Qadri, but he added that “the police is taking it as personal; they are taking revenge from his uncle Mehraj-u-Din for mobilizing media. He is under threat and I fear they may book him too. Police has made him co accused in the case.”
The international human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, also reacted to Danish’s arrest and urged the state authorities “to halt the practice of arbitrary detentions in the state, in particular of children.”
“Amnesty International is deeply concerned that authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have arbitrarily detained 16 year-old, Danish Farooq, and are treating him as an adult rather than a child… If a court decides that he has to remain in detention, Farooq must be moved to a juvenile detention home and be granted all the safeguards and protections guaranteed to children by the CRC and for judicial proceedings to go forward in accordance with international human rights law,” Amnesty International said in a public statement, issued on November 30.