Abducted Kulgam man killed by militants

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/9/2019 12:13:02 AM

SRINAGAR, Feb 8: Police in its report to State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has said Sheeraz Ahmed Bhat of Kulgam district was abducted, tortured and fired upon by militants resulting in his death.
Sheeraz, civilian, was abducted by some gunmen and his body was later recovered after several weeks.
The police in its report also revealed that Jaish-e-Muhammad militants with the help of some over ground workers 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 a case related to abduction and killing of Sheeraz.
Earlier, the (SHRC) had called a report from deputy commissioner Kulgam and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kulgam with regard to the abduction of 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 and meanwhile ex-gratia be provided to the family members of slain Sheeraz,” he demanded.



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