Protests in Kupwara against girl''s abduction by 2 Ikhwanis
22 December 2002
The Times of India
Srinagar: Massive protests were reported from Kupwara against the police failure in recovering a young girl who was allegedly kidnapped by two Ikhwan brothers sheltered by the SOG Dy SP. Three uncles of the kidnapped girl threatened to set themselves afire in case the police failed to recover their niece at the earliest. The protestors were shouting anti-police slogans and seeking Mufti Mohammed Sayeed''s intervention in the case. The protestors had come from the Kandi belt and were numbering around 100. They were on dharna for a couple of hours before the police station Kupwara. Details revealed that two Ikhwan brothers kidnapped on gun point a 12-year old girl Hafeeza daughter of Sonaullah Magrey, resident of Chak-e-Keigam on December 17. The Ikhwanis were identified as Karim Gujar and Din Gujar. Local SOG unit led by Dy SP V K Bhat is sheltering the two criminals. Though police registered a case under massive public pressure and detained Din Gujar, they have failed to round up his brother Karim with whom the girl is right now, according to her relatives. The protestors said that the two brothers are known criminals of the area and should have been in the jail. They criticised the police and civil administration for not coming to the rescue of the victims of the state terrorism.