Three PoK residents arrested in Mendhar area of Poonch district

  • HT correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Nov 16, 2015 14:11 IST

Police on Monday arrested three residents of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in Poonch who had crossed over to India by Nepal.

One of the persons arrested is 90-year-old, who police said had moved to PoK in 1947.

“We arrested three people from Mendhar area of the Poonch district on Monday morning. They are being questioned to ascertain their reason for crossing over,” said additional SP Poonch Amit Gupta.

According to the police, Mohammad Aziz(90) resident of Salwa, tehsil Mendhar, his wife Rashida Begum(70) and their daughter Hafiza Kousar (26) had arrived at Salwa village on Monday morning.

The police said that on receiving specific information they were arrested.

Police officials, wishing not to be named, said there have been instances earlier in the district when old people had come from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) to Poonch, saying they wished to die at their birth place.

The police, though further said, “It’s not clear yet if that is the case with this family also.”

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