Families of 3 disappeared Kupwara men facing harassment
Srinagar, March 29: The families of the three persons subjected to custodial disappearance by Indian police and troops in Kupwara district have said that Indian forces’ personnel are threatening and harassing them.
The three persons namely Ghulam Jeelani Khatana, Mir Hussain Khatana and Ali Mohammad Sheikh, were subjected to enforced disappearance in November 2015.
The family members of the victims addressed a press conference in Srinagar organized be the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP). The families on the occasion said that Indian Army and its agents were threatening them to force them to withdraw the case in the High Court of the occupied territory. One of the threats includes that if the families continue with the case, Ghulam Jeelani would be killed, they said.
The relatives of Jeelani said that the other night the army searched Ghulam Jeelani Khatana’s house for recovering arms and ammunition. “The family lives under constant state of fear. The family of Ghulam Jeelani has also received threatening phone calls from unknown phone number,” they said.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the role of Kupwara police needed to be investigated as they appeared to be protecting the accused and they also warned the families not to pursue the case. The police have also not taken any action regarding the threatening phone calls received by family of one of the victims, it said.