North Kashmir disappearance and torture incident:Army denies involvement,says police report

Srinagar— In the disap­pearance and torture in­cident involving Army in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district, Jammu Kashmir Po­lice have submitted a report before State Human Rights Commission stating that ac­cused Army unit has so far not produced the Entry/Exit Register in original of Gate number: 01 Trimukha Camp of Kupwara before the Special Investigating Team for which they have been requested.

After the petition filed by Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, the Commission had sought de­tailed status report from DGP and SSP Kupwara after one Manzoor Ahmed Khan disap­peared from 27 Rashtriya Ri­fles camp on May 31, 2017 while another youth Nasarullah who was also taken into custody was found half dead nearby the army camp in North Kash­mir’s Kupwara district.

As per petitioner army’s 27 RR “Trehmukh Top post” Kup­wara took Manzoor Ahmed Khan son of Ghulam Qadir and Nasarullah Khan son of Shari­fulla Khan of Devar Lolab into custody on May 31, 2017 and since then Manzoor is missing while Nasarullah was found half dead nearby army camp and was shifted to SKIMS for treatment where doctors after checkup found his kidneys have been damaged due to torture.

Accordingly, Police Station Lalpora Kupwara had regis­tered two back to back FIR’s vide number 62 and 63 of 2017 under section 307, 342, 323 of RPC in this regard while it formed a SIT headed by Additional Superin­tendent of Police Kupwara.

The report submitted by SIT before State Human Rights Commission states: “After a lot of correspondence and per­suasions, the concerned Army authorities presented the ac­cused/other army officers and officials at Headquarters 8 Sec­tor RR Cherkoot Lolab where they were questioned thor­oughly by the SIT who have all denied their involvement in the case. The concerned Army Unit has so far not pro­duced the Entry/Exit Register in original of Gate number: 01 Trimukha Camp of Kupwara before the Special Investigating Team for which they have been requested. Further investiga­tion into the case is going on.”

Meanwhile, the SKIMS Soura has also submitted its report with regard to condi­tion of Nasarullah who was discharged from the hospital after 27 days. SKIMS authori­ties in its report have said that the patient is stable and healthy now. (CNS)

 

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