Kishtwar Boy Released, SSP Tells Father ‘your Child Is Brilliant’24 September 2011
The Indian Express
Jammu: With annual exams less than a month away, they have unnecessarily wasted my 12 days of study.” These were the first words of Shariq Ahmed to his father when he was released by the Jammu and Kashmir Police at Kishtwar last night, less than 24 hours after the cops had secured his remand for a further six days. Having spent a harrowing time waiting for his 15-year-old son, picked up for the September 7 Delhi High Court blast, Mohd Rafi said even the cops acknowledged Shariq was a “brilliant” child. “My son is hale and hearty,” said the relieved forest department employee. Senior Superintendent of Police Bhim Sen Tuti called Rafi to his office to take the boy home last night. “The SSP told me your child is very brilliant and that they had kept him separate from the other two suspects,” Rafi said. He added that Shariq was arrested as Abid Hussain, who is now in NIA custody for the blast, was a neighbour. The police had come to apprehend Abid, Rafi claimed, and Shariq was picked up as Abid led the cops to their house. A Class XI student of Islamia Faridia Higher Secondary School, Shariq cleared his Class VIII and Class X boards with distinction. “Papa, I had been telling them that 5 pm-7 pm is my tuition time, but they did not leave me,” Rafi says Shariq told him. On a timetable that Shariq has himself prepared, he has listed his daily schedule for school, tuitions, studies at home. It even has an half-hour slot that he spends with his 70-year-old grandmother Shafiqa. He is the eldest of Rafi’s three children. While a younger brother is a student of Class X, his sister is in Class VI. Shariq had been picked up along with Aamir Abbas and Abid Hussain for questioning over one of the emails sent claiming responsibility for the Delhi HC blast. “It was hell for us when the police picked him up. But despite rumours of the police implicating him, we kept our cool as we were sure our child was innocent,” Rafi said. “We have seen days when we used to be afraid to even venture out of home. But we did not allow militancy to cast its shadow on our children,” he added. Despite the episode with his son, Rafi believes the situation is far better today. Shariq, he added, is far removed from all this, a boy devoted to his studies. Last night, when he came home, his tearful grandmother fell unconscious on seeing him. By the morning news had spread and people started dropping in to congratulate the family. However, Shariq himself was nowhere to be seen. He had gone to his maternal grandparents’ home - away from all the noise, to study without disturbance.