J&K: Police detain Army personnel in ‘missing villagers’ case

To investigate the ‘mysterious missing’ of three villagers from North Kashmir’s Satiboyain and Dolipora villages, J&K police on Wednesday detained a Territorial Army personnel from Kupwara district against whom families had lodged a complaint.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: December 9, 2015 5:04:36 pm

To investigate the ‘mysterious missing’ of three villagers from North Kashmir’s Satiboyain and Dolipora villages, the J&K police on Wednesday detained a Territorial Army personnel from Kupwara district against whom families had lodged a complaint.

Deputy Inspector General of Police North Kashmir, Gareeb Dass told The Indian Express that an army man, Manzoor Ahmad, of 160 Territorial Army has been detained by the police. “The family members of three villagers had lodged a complaint with the police that their kin are missing from November 17. They also told us that missing villagers were last seen with the army man.”

Dass said that police have detained the army man for questioning. “Only after proper investigations it will be known where these missing villagers had actually gone,” said Dass.

Earlier, three families of Gujjarpatti (Sotiboyan) and Dolipora villagers had filed a petition in the Chief Judicial Magistrate court Kupwara in which they had said that the whereabouts of Ghulam Jeelani Khatana, Mir Hussain and Ali Sheikh are not known since November 17 and they were last seen with Manzoor Ahmad of Dardpora village who is working with TA battalion stationed in Kupwara.

The relatives alleged that they fear for the lives of their missing kin and sought the arrest of Manzoor Ahmad. Court had asked police to speed up the investigation of this case.

The family members alleged that they have apprehension that their kin will be killed in a fake encounter like Machil fake encounter that took place in 2010 when three villagers from Nadihal were promised jobs by the army and then killed in a fake encounter on the LoC and later the villagers were dubbed as foreign militants.

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