Kupwara Missing Trio Held Near LOC After 3-Years 

SRINAGAR —  Three persons who had going missing in Kupwara in 2015 have been apprehended near Line Of Control while returning back home from Pakistan controlled Kashmir, officials sources said on Monday.

They said that the trio had crossed over the LoC in November 2015 and were apprehended in Keran sector of frontier Kupwara district while returning back home.  

A police officer said that they were apprehended by army’s 3 JAKLi soon after they crossed the border near Balbir Post on Sunday. The trio include Ali Muhammad Sheikh (43) son of Abdul Aziz of Trehgam, Ghulam Jeelani Khatana (45) of Dardpora Kralpora and Hussain Khatana (45) son of Muhammad Ismail of Dardpora, Kralpora. The sources said that all of them have told investigators that they did not cross LoC in connection with militancy related reasons but crossed over to other side of Kashmir “accidentally”.

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Regarding Ali Mohammad sources that he is a former militants who had crossed the LoC for the first time in 1990 and returned back 1991 and then crossed in 1996 and returned back in 1997. He later surrendered before army.

Regarding Mir Hussain, sources said that he too is a ex-militant of militant outfit Al-Badr outfit and had crossed the LoC for the first in 1990. He surrender soon after returning in 1992. After release, sources said, he against went across the LoC in 1996 and returned back and surrendered before BSF in same year.

About Ghulam Jeelani, he crossed the LoC for the first in 2015, they said. 

In 2015, after the trio went missing, their families had claimed that they were ‘lured’ by a Territorial Army man, Manzoor Ahmad, for “some job” in the Army. The police had later arrested Manzoor following orders by a court.

Amid hue and cry, the army had then ordered an inquiry into the disappearance of three persons and then General officer Commanding of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt Gen Satish Dua had promised action that “if the role of army is established, action will follow.” 

 

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