Srinagar May 17: Tahir Ahmad Mir, A Student of Journalism of Kashmir university is a criminal in opinion of the police because of his alleged involvement of pro-freedom activities and is behind the bars since last long six months. Tahir had been arrested in November allegedly for having involvement in pro-freedom activities during the peak uprising 2016. A resident of Kashmir’s Bandipora district, Tahir had been slapped with the draconian PSA. He was first lodged in Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu and was shifted to Central Jail Srinagar for his exams on the court orders.
Despite being a son of the former police constable who had laid his life while performing his duties with the then SSP of the district Showket Malik, is languishing in jail since past six months.
Tahir’s mother Safeera Begum succumbed to the tragedy of her husband’s death and died of the shock.
Tahir who is currently languishing in central Jail Srinagar was recently shifted there from Kotbalwal jail Jammu. According to Police, There are at least 13 FIR’ s against Tahir on the charges of stone pelting, And disrupting law and order situation during last year’s Deadly uprising in which over 100 young charming faces were killed. He was arrested in the month of November last year and later he was booked under the draconian public safety act.
Tahir, who was working as a laboratory bearer, was recently sacked from his job allegedly for his involvement in Anti-Govt Protests, disturbing the peace and creating hindrances in Law and Order.
It is pertinent to mention here that Tahir’s father Habibullah Mir who on performing his professional duty died when an unknown gunman attacked the car of the then SSP, some seventeen years before. As per relative’s, he was just 10 years old that time and was Class 4th student at Eaglets Public School in Plan Bandipora, when the tragedy hit his life.
According to Police, Tahir is responsible for organizing hundreds of rallies in Bandipora town, post the killing of HM commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani. He has been made responsible for creating hindrances in Law and order. Police added that Tahir was provoking the local youth of Bandipora town for holding anti-govt activities even he was the main culprit who makes shutdown calls successful given by Separatists while during the peak uprising last year.
Tahir’s elder brother Abid Mir told why he come out on the streets during last year’s deadly uprising; he said basically Tahir was not a stone pelter, even he didn’t pelt a single stone. His most activities were based on the freedom of speech which is one of the basic rights of every individual. Tahir told us “I am not breaking any law, Right to freedom of speech is my Constitutional right, which has been given to me”.
The Police has a different version on the account of Tahir, According to the Police, he has organized hundreds of rallies in the nook and corner of the Bandipora town. Police says that Tahir was provoking the local youth to hold anti Govt activities, even he was the main culprit who makes shutdown calls successful given by pro-freedom leadership last year.
The last year’s deadly Uprising which began after the killing of HM commander Burhan muzaffar wani, Tahir started a small trust under the name of “Faraiez muslimeen” most participants of this trust were close friends of Tahir. They collecting money, and later distributed that among needy, poor, orphans.
His brother who runs a small shop in Bandipora said that he was a child when our father passed left this world. That time I was class 6th student and my sister was 2nd student. Zakir, the elder brother of tahir was 8th class student at that time. At the 18 years of age, he started work as a constable in J&K police department. Zakir who is our elder brother is like our father, Brother and even everything. We never feel that we are orphan, Abid said while wiping his tears.
Our grandmother is only one whom Tahir considered as his mother. When she passed away at the age of 65 years, Tahir couldn’t bear this irreparable loss. At that time, Tahir was not at home, he was hiding somewhere, even everyday police came to raid our house. But he risked his Life to see last glimpses and to attend last rites of his grandfather, Zakir said.
Abid added that when Tahir received his maiden salary, he handed that to his grandmother, even brought a pheran( a long raditional cloak) for her from the market. Five years back when he completed schooling, he was selected as class IV employee in the department of education, as a laboratory bearer and his first posting were at Gurez where he spent almost two years.
In the year 2014 when the devastating flood hit Kashmir valley, he came back and joined Govt middle school. At Govt middle school he spent money from his pocket to serve poor and needy kids.
He was sacked from his job for his alleged involvement in holding anti-government protests. Last year he was selected in master in Journalism at Kashmir university. Becoming a journalist was his last hope and a dream to become the voice of hapless people, but unfortunately, before the dawn of his career achieves new heights, Authorities shattered his dream.
During last year’s deadly uprising and longest ever curfew, Tahir set up a Relief committee under the name “Baitul Maal” where he started collecting food and clothes for poor people residing in Bandipora district, even he collected more than Five lakh rupees which were later distributed among the needy by the chief cleric of Bandipora Moulana Khursheed Ahmad Nadvi. Tahir was later Arrested by police under frivolous cases and was booked under Stringent law Public Safety Act his brother added.
Author is a Freelancer Journalist and can be reached at Khuehamiayaan@gmail.com