SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti Monday said that she will write to Home Minister of India, Amit Shah to ensure the release of Srinagar youth Arsalan Feroz, who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency.
Arsalan Feroz- a 19-year-old youth from Zaldagar Srinagar was arrested by NIA recently. NIA in its official statement claimed that Arsalan is a TRF operative, however, his family staged a protest terming the charges baseless.
Talking to the media at party headquarters at Srinagar, Mehbooba Mufti said that family members of Arsalan including his father who has recently suffered a minor heart attack came to meet her and vouched for his innocence.
“Arsalan is 19 years old who had earlier been arrested by police on 21 October last year. After spending over 40 days in police detention, he was cleared by police and accordingly released. I don’t know why the NIA arrested him, though the family handed him over to the agency. NIA is claiming that he is a TRF operative, but family say otherwise,” Mehbooba Mufti said.
Mehbooba Mufti said that since the police have no jurisdiction over the NIA and the probe agency directly falls under the Home Ministry, she will write to the Home Minister of India about it.
“There is no FIR lodged against Arsalan Feroz in the past or present. I will write to the Home Minister to ensure his release as his family is in trauma,” she said.
Earlier, today PDP organized an impressive function at party headquarters Srinagar to welcome Asif Wangnoo a well-known social activist and business personality from Baghwan pora Lalbazar Srinagar.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the new young known face from Srinagar to the party fold.
Party General Secretary and former minister Gh Nabi Lone Hanjora, Senior leader and former minister Syed Nayeem Akhter Andrabi, Ex MLA Anjum Fazli, State secretaries Ab Hameed Kohaheen and others attended the function. (KDC)