By Aasif Sultan
Srinagar: The son of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai who joined Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit today was “regularly harassed” by the police, his family alleges.
Junaid Ahmad Khan, 26, went missing since yesterday after he left his home to offer Friday prayers.
Junaid was “regularly called by the police who had lodged an FIR against him in a stone pelting incident.
He was regularly asked to report to the police station Sadder and appeared in court hearings many a time,” his elder sister told Kashmir Narrator.
Recently, she said, a non-local street vendor’s cart bruised Junaid’s car. A police officer roughed him up, she alleged.
“My brother alighted from his car only to tell the police officer that he had already signalled to the street vendor that he had to take a turn. But the officer grabbed his collar and abused him profusely,” Junaid’s sister said.
This incident, she added, had a deep impact on his psyche and he used to repeat only one sentence since then: “Yeti kutaah zulum (there is a lot of oppression here).”
Junaid’s sister said that his brother used to spend most of his time in his room and would seldom discuss political affairs with Sehrai, who was recently appointed as TeH’s chairman after Syed Ali Geelani resigned from the post.
The development comes two days after Sehrai criticised waving of ISIS flags during militant funerals and “urged youth not to get swayed by the extremist ideology and understand Islam in its correct perspective.”
Junaid’s picture in which he is seen brandishing an AK-47 rifle went viral on social media. The caption of the picture read that he joined the Hizbul Mujahideen ranks today (24 March).
Junaid, who has completed his MBA from Kashmir University, was doing a small-time job but left it recently to find “a permanent job”, his family said. Junaid is the youngest of Sehrai’s six children.
Meanwhile, Director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid has termed the joining of Sehrai’s son with militants as “unfortunate”, and has urged Sehrai to appeal his son and other local boys to shun gun, local daily Greater Kashmir reported.
Featured image of Junaid Khan which went viral on social media