Thursday, August 02, 2018

Passport row with hijack link

Srinagar: The Kashmir police intelligence chief and passport officer are facing contempt proceedings for denying passport to the 12-year-old daughter of a militant commander released in exchange for the hostages on board an Indian Airlines plane hijacked by militants in 1999.

Additional director of police, CID, Abdul Gani, and passport officer Bipin Kumar are accused of violating court orders after they denied passport to the daughter of Al Umar militant commander chief Mushtaq Zargar.

Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey of the state high court said in a judgment last week that the two had been prima facie found in contempt, leaving the court with "no option" but to issue the "rule" against them. Contempt proceedings start after the rule is issued.
Zargar was released along with Masood Azhar and Omar Saeed Shiekh in exchange for 176 hostages who were on board IC 814 Indian Airlines Airbus that taken to Kandahar. He was one of the most wanted militants in Kashmir before he was arrested in the early 1990s and has been living in Pakistan after his release.
02/08/18 Muzaffar Raina/Telegraph