Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Srinagar, Dec 14 (Only Kashmir): At his age he would have received attention and care from his sons whom he had groomed as any father does, but for the last 10 years this septuagenarian has visited every nook and corner of India and Nepal to get clue of his disappeared sons.
Abdul Ahad Rah, 70, of Sheikh Mohalla Mahraj Gunj is now slowly losing his vision and the hope to trace Mushtaq Ahmad and Muhammad Shafi.
Rah’s sons were into leather business and were based in Nepal when police in Kathmandu along with 25 others took them into custody in September 2000.
“After detaining them, police released 10 persons and rest were handed over to Indian authorities,” Rah said, adding since that day he had been searching for their whereabouts.
Rah has moved from pillar to post to trace the whereabouts of his sons and in this connection, he visited Nepal where he was told that Kathmandu police handed over them to Indian officials.
“First I was told they are lodged in Jodhpur jail and after getting requisite court order I visited there, but was denied meeting with my children though officials informally admitted that they were present there. We were later informed that they are in Delhi jail and were also given the phone number of a person who could provide information about my sons. But the concerned person did not meet us,” he said.
Rah’s search did not end and he continued to visit the jails in and outside the state.
“I approached everybody including ministers, police and civil administration here to help me, but only hoax promises were delivered,” he said.
“If other states are concerned about their residents, then why the state government is indifferent towards us? I appeal to the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah to help in locating my children. If my sons have committed any crime, then they should be punished,” he demanded, while showing the photographs of his two sons and clipping of Kathmandu Post, the daily published from Nepal which reads “police operation against suspected Kashmiris,” dated September 8, 2000.
When contacted, principal secretary Home, B R Sharma, said that he (Abdul Ahad Rah) should approach the concerned deputy commissioner.
“I don’t know about this case or has gone through this file, and it is better for him to approach the concerned deputy commissioner and government will help him,” he said.


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