Faizan detention: Tests say he is more than 17 years old

A radiological examination of a south Kashmir youth arrested for alleged involvement in stone-pelting, proved him to be more than 17 years old, a year more than the minimum age for detention under Public Safety Act (PSA).

Last Updated: Mar 29, 2011, 00:32 AM IST

Srinagar: A radiological examination has
put to rest the controversy about the age of a south Kashmir
youth arrested for alleged involvement in stone-pelting,
proving him more than 17 years old, a year more than
the minimum age for detention under Public Safety Act (PSA).

Faizan Rafiq, a resident of Anantnag town in south
Kashmir, was put to radiological tests on March 23 after the
family of the youth had claimed that he was 14 years old and
should not have been detained under the PSA.

"As per Radiological examination, report of X-ray of
the above said person (Faizan) reveals radiological bone age
between 17 to 18 years," police said on Monday.

"In view of combined physical, dental and radiological
examination of Faizan Rafiq, his age is more than 17 years and
less than 18 years, the medical board constituted for the
purpose said in its report.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who had been asked
about the detention of the "underage boy" several times, had
asked for his medical test to ascertain his age.

Police said Faizan`s parents had moved two bail
applications before the Sessions Judge Anantnag and Chief
Judicial Magistrate Anantnag.

To the satisfaction of Faizan`s parents, he was put
through a medical test. A board consisting of three medical
officers including a radiologist was constituted at Government
Medical College Jammu to conduct the test, he added.

PTI