Family of Srinagar’s missing scholar demands CBI probe

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On Sunday, the family of the missing scholar from the Bemina area of Srinagar demonstrated and demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe and appealed Director General of Police to help them to get their son back.

Hilal Ahmed Dar, who was pursuing Ph.D., went missing on 14 June during a trekking expedition to high altitude Naranag in the central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.

While his four other friends returned home the same evening, Mr. Dar did not. The family said that he was an “honest, dedicated, and responsible person.”

Earlier, the police had claimed that Mr. Dar had joined militant ranks, a claim vehemently refuted by family. On 23 June, the Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, had claimed that Mr. Dar had joined Hizbul Mujahideen. “We won’t arrest him if his family brings him back,” he said.

“We appeal to the LG, DGP and Central Government that help us in tracing him so that justice may be done with trekker Hilal Ahmad Dar since he is innocent,” the family said. “He was not doing any unlawful activity.”

“We will be highly obliged and thankful if the government will help us so that a highly educated and disciplined student is allowed to lead a dignified and respectable life. We want a CBI probe so that reason behind his disappearance will come to fore,” the protesting family members said. (KNT)

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