Kashmir Indepth

Abducted Kulgam man killed by militants: Police to SHRC

Srinagar, Feb 8, : The report submitted by the police before the State Human Rights Commission regarding the abduction and murder of a civilian of Kulgam district stating that Sheeraz Ahmed Bhat was abducted, tortured and fired upon by militants resulting in his death.

 The police in its report also revealed 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 the abduction of civilian Sheeraz Ahmed Bhat by unknown persons on  October 27 2018.

Sheeraz was abducted by masked men leaving his family including his wife and three children in 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 October 27, 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  October 21, 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 ànd meanwhile ex-gratia be provided to the family members of slain Sheeraz,” he demanded.

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