Srinagar March 31: The family of Abdul Rasheed Malik of Handwara area of Kupwara district has been waiting for last 10 years the return of Showkat Ahmad Malik who was picked up by Indian forces and never returned.
The family members of Showkat Ahmad Malik in a media interview in Srinagar said that in 2006, Showkat Ahmad Malik, then 17, left home for school at Handwara, his family members and relatives had never imagined that he would be subjected to custodial disappearance. The class XI student went missing from outside his school.
The residents of his village had taken to streets, students boycotted their classes and relatives wailed in front of officers, but these joint efforts failed to bring any news about the missing student.
Showkat Ahmad Malik’s relatives said that he was picked by unknown persons associated with an Indian Army. “He was an innocent boy and only interested in his studies,” the family members said.
One of his relatives, who lives in Handwara, said that everyday Showkat used to come to their place and have lunch. “The day he went missing he came at 1:00pm and had lunch with us. Then he left for his school,” he said, adding that before reaching school Showkat was picked up by some unknown persons who had affiliation with the Indian Army.
“The relatives and family searched for him everywhere across Kashmir but to no avail,” his relatives said, adding that the family also sought help from politicians and police officials.
“We have already lodged a case at Handwara police station,” says his father Abdul Rasheed, a government employee.
Like the relatives of all other disappeared youth, Rasheed hopes to get back his son one day. “I am still taking help from various quarters to trace my son,” he said.