Kulgam Man Abducted & Killed by Militants: Police Tells SHRC

SRINAGAR — The report submitted by the police before the State Human Rights Commission stated that Sheeraz Ahmed Bhat of Kulgam district was abducted, tortured and fired upon by militants, resulting in his death. 

Police in its report also claimed that Jaish-e-Muhammad militants with the help of some OGWs had abducted Sheeraz whose body was later found on December 11, 2018 at Ahwatoo, Kulgam.

“His body was visible torture marks and bullet wounds," the police report that has come in response to the petition filed by chairman international forum for Justice and Human Rights Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in case SHRC/339/KLGM/2018 dated 19/11/2018. Earlier, the SHRC had called a report from Deputy Commissioner Kulgam and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kulgam with regard to abduction of civilian Sheeraz Ahmed Bhat by unknown persons on 27 October, 2018. Sheeraz was abducted by masked men leaving his family including his wife and three children in a total despair.

The petitioner had pleaded before the commission that an inquiry must be conducted to know the whereabouts of Sheeraz. The petitioner had stated that on 27 October, Sheeraz had arranged a vehicle of a cousin to drop his sister-in-law and mother-in-law to their home. Sheeraz’s cousin was in the driving seat and others were getting into the car when a Santro car came and stopped right beside them. 
According to his sister-in-law, the petitioner said that some masked gunmen disembarked from the Santro car and forced Sheeraz into the car and drove away.

The petition stated that the family of Sheeraz had already been rendered homeless after their house was damaged to rubble in an encounter on 21 October, when three Jaish militants were killed and then seven civilians died in a mysterious blast in the rubble of the house. 
Reacting to the police report, the petitioner said that how can police claim that Sheeraz was killed by militants. "Has police or militant bullets names written on them. The case needs to be probed by the SHRC’s investigation wing and meanwhile ex-gratia be provided to the family members of slain Sheeraz,” he demanded.

Youth goes missing in Sopore

A family from Warpora area of Sopore Friday appealed general public to help them in tracing their missing son. 
According to Ghulam Nabi Var his 22 year old son Asif Ahmad is missing since 2nd of February.

Var said his son Asif left home for mosque at Varpora for evening prayers and didn’t return on the fateful day.  “Asif is great cricketer and a noble boy,” he said. 

We have also lodged a missing report at Varpora Police Station in this regard, he said, adding that they tried to trace him everywhere but couldn’t find any clue about his whereabouts despite lodging missing report with the police. 

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