Missing Kupwara man: HC seeks status of FIRs   

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday sought status of the two cases registered by police regarding alleged custodial disappearance of a young man and severe torture after “kidnapping” of another person by army in Kupwara district of north Kashmir in August this year. 

As the hearing of a petition came up for hearing before the court, Assistant Solicitor General of India said that filed the missing man, Manzoor Ahmad Khan, was in army’s custody.

Subsequently, the court sought the status of the two separate FIRs registered by the police in connection with Manzoor and another person, Nasrullah Khan.  

Manzoor Ahmad Khan son of Ghulam Qadir Khan of Devar Lolab was last seen August 31 this year when he was alleged taken into custody by army while seeking permission to travel through the area, his brother says in the petition filed before the court.

Manzoor’s brother, Mohammad Aslam Khan, submitted that on August 31 Manzoor went to Bandipora via Devar- Aloosa Road for Livestock marketing along with his uncle Jala-ud-din Khan and paternal aunt Parveena.

He said that on way to Aloosa, the inhabitants of Devar had to cross 27 RR Trimuk Top Camp for entry. “(Manzoor) approached the camp for entry and took identity card of his uncle and paternal aunt for crossing Trimuk post. (He) while making entry was called by the Major Nishint Gupta 27 RR Trimuk Post inside the Camp. The Uncle and paternal Aunt were kept waiting for 2 hours outside the camp and thereafter they approached the concern Army officials to know the whereabouts of Manzoor,” he said, adding, “the Army official of 27 RR Trimuk Post asked the relatives that he will be set free after some time but till evening he was not released.”

He said the relatives while waiting for Manzoor outside the camp of 27RR, witnessed one more same incident where one Nasrullah Khan, who was taken inside the camp by Major of 27 RR. “Nasrullah Khan was later released and handover to his family member with third degree torture, he was not able to walk and was shifted to concern hospital from where he was referred to SKIMS, Soura for advance treatment. The Police in the case has registered FIR 62/2017 Under Section 307,342 & 323 of Police Station Lal pora,” he said. 

Aslam said the Army officials in the evening asked the relatives waiting outside the 27 RR camp, that Manzoor has been set free from the other gate and was no more with them. 

“The father along with other relative of Manzoor approached the concerned police station and lodged report against the incident. The Police while recording the statements U/S 161,162 Crpc of Jalal-ud-din Khan and Parveena lodged an Case FIR No 63/2017 Under Section 364,342 RPC of Police station Lal Pora,” Aslam Khan said, adding, “(the army Major) have detained (Manzoor) from last 62 days without any authority of law and they are not disclosing his whereabouts, only to perpetuate his agony.” Aslam said army Major be directed to produce Manzoor before the Court and “also to show the power and authority under which (Manzoor) has been detained from August 31 onwards.”

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