Mother of slain militant was arrested for aiding, recruiting for terror outfits: J&K Police

Naseema Banoo was under legally sanctioned custody at the women police station in Anantnag since her arrest, says the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

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[REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE] File photo of a police post in Jammu
[REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE] File photo of a police post in Jammu (Photo Credits: PTI)

Jammu and Kashmir Police have released a statement over the arrest of a woman reportedly identified as the mother of a slain militant.

A resident of Rampora Qaimoh, Naseema Banoo was arrested on June 20 in connection with a criminal case (FIR number 30 of 208) registered under sections 13B, 17, 18, 18B, 19, 39 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

The official statement adds that Banoo was under legally sanctioned custody at the women police station in Anantnag since her arrest.

The police statement goes on to allege that a photograph of the woman holding an automatic weapon while sitting next to her son is proof enough of her involvement in militancy-related activities. Banoo's role has surfaced in recruiting at least two youngsters into military ranks, arranging arms and ammunition along with communication and logistics for militants and terror outfits.

"Just because she happens to be a woman or the mother of a killed terrorist does not make her immune to arrest. It is the prime duty of the police to arrest criminals to safeguard the people it serves and that has been done. Anyone who wishes to challenge the decision is free to approach the court of law for redressal," the statement by J&K Police over Naseema Banoo's arrest states.

Photo of Naseema Banoo along with her son, a slain militant (Photo Credits: Ashraf Wani)

It goes further to cite social media posts that, the police claims, present twisted facts with the purpose of disturbing peace and tranquility. Anyone found involved in instigation through any means will be duly prosecuted, the union territory's police department has warned.

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