17 of two families arrested for illegally coming from Pok via Nepal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jul 01, 2014 20:44 IST

The local police on Tuesday arrested 17 members of two families for illegally returning back to their home in Rajouri district from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Police said the accused first went to Nepal and from where there came to Bihar, before coming to the state.“We have booked the duo for illegal crossing and under the Passports Act,” said SP Rajouri Mubassir Latife. He said as per the preliminary questioning it seems the families were not involved in any terrorist activity.

Police said Abdul Rashid, a resident of Koteranka in Rajouri district, crossed the border in 1987 from Poonch along with his wife. He was staying in Mirpur area of PoK. His younger brother Faqir Mohammad went to Pakistan in 2005 from the Wagah border on valid passport to meet him and did not return. Police said Mohammad had married in PoK.

The police added the families moved from PoK on June 25 and reached Nepal on June 26. They crossed over to Bihar on June 28.

49-year-old Rashid has nine children while 31-yr-old Mohammad has three children. The elder son of Abdul Rashid is 26-year-old.

During questioning, the families had reportedly told the police that they were facing quite hardships there.

Nepal is becoming favorite route for the former terrorists to return to the state. The state government has announced a policy under which misguided youth who had taken up arms and crossed over to PoK can return to the state. However, because of the non-cooperation of Pakistan, the former militants are not returning from international border but from Nepal.

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