‘Custodial’ Disappearance Of Kupwara Man

Srinagar—The state police on Friday said that despite numerous communications, no army men, allegedly involved in custodial disappearance of a man from Kupwara in August this year, appeared before a Special Investigation Team constituted to probe it.    

“Multiple communications have been made with army with regard to securing presence of army personnel allegedly involved in the offence but so far they have not appeared before the special investigation team,” the police said in a state report filed before the high court.

“Further investigation is going on and strenuous efforts are being made to ascertain the whereabouts of Manzoor Ahmad Khan (the missing man) for finalizing the investigation of the case expeditiously,” it said.   

Police said that it also carried extensive searches in Trimokha Behakh and its adjoining villages including Diver, Rampora, Rajpora, Kaithson, Alooosa and upper ridges of forest area “but no clue be stuck out so far.” 

Police has filed two separate FIRs registered in connection with Manzoor’s disappearance and another person, Nasrullah Khan who it said was ‘thrown out of the army camp in critical condition after hue and cry by the locals.”  Nasrullah suffered kidney failure due to severe torture and he was 30 September this year discharge from SKIMS here. 

Manzoor 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 before the court 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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