Stating that he was “innocent”, the family of Zahoor Ahmad Rather, who the police dubbed as the chief of the armed group, The Resistance Front, held a protest in summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.
After he was arrested in Samba district of the Jammu region by Anantnag police on Saturday, police had said Rather alias ‘Sahil was a top militant affiliated to The Resistance Front, which called the police claim a ‘naked lie’ on Monday.
Rather’s family members staged a protest at Press Enclave, claiming he was “innocent”.
Rather’s sister Meena said they had approached the police in Anantnag for his whereabouts but to no avail.
Police said Rather was arrested in connection with the killing of three BJP workers and a policeman in south Kashmir last year, claiming he had nothing to do with militancy after he surrendered in 2006.
The family said Rather was into the dry fruit business and had nothing to do with militancy after he surrendered in 2006.
“He was taken away from his rented accommodation, where he was staying with his wife and two children. Who will go to receive arms and take his wife and children along,” the family asked.
“I want to appeal the government to deliver us justice. We went to Police Station Dooru and the policemen there said they have not picked him and that he was arrested by Anantnag Police. We went to them but they did not show him. We want to request the government to show where Zahoor is. We want to appeal the police and the government to show him,” Meena said.
Rather’s sister said he is suffering from various ailments and appealed to the government to let the family know about his whereabouts.
“Police carried out a raid at around 2:30 a.m. on February 13 and picked him. He is being implicated and has nothing to do with militancy,” she said.
Police said Rather, a resident of south Kashmir, had reportedly moved to Samba to receive an arms consignment from Pakistan and was arrested from his rented accommodation in Bari Brahmana area during a joint raid by Anantnag and Samba police.