J&K court extends remand of arrested Army man in the disappearance of three villagers

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A court extended remand of arrested Army personnel for three more days, in the “mysterious” disappearance of three villagers in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

The police on Saturday produced Territorial Army personnel, Manzoor Ahmad, in Judicial Magistrate Court, Kupwara. The police sought more remand from the court for investigation. After hearing the plea from Chief Prosecuting Officer, Judicial Magistrate granted remand for three more days.

On its part, Army has also initiated an inquiry in the disappearance of three villagers. On Tuesday, relatives of missing villagers had organized protest at Trehgam village and demanded speedy investigation of the case and punishment to the guilty. The relatives of missing villagers alleged that police is delaying the investigation and progress of the case is very slow.

Police had earlier detained Army personnel, Manzoor Ahmad and during interrogation he admitted that he met the three men at Kralpora village before they disappeared.

“The Army man has admitted that he met the three villagers but he also told interrogators that he has no information about what happened to them after they left his place,” a senior police officer said.

Earlier the police had shown the relatives, photographs of four militants killed in encounters in Kupwara after November 15, but the families said none of them were the missing men.

The three families, from Kralpora and Dardpora, had filed a petition in the court of Judicial Magistrate, Kupwara, saying that Mir Hussain, Ghulam Jeelani Khatana and Ali Hussain Sheikh had been missing since November 17.

The relatives alleged the men were last seen with TA Army jawan Ahmad, posted with the 160 TA battalion of the Army in Kupwara. The families also told police that Ahmad had promised jobs as porters in the Army to the three men. The family members of the missing men feared that they had apprehension that their relatives could be killed in fake encounter.

 

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