‘Relatives move petition to know whereabouts’
Srinagar: A fresh petition has been submitted in the high court in connection with the ‘custodial disappearance’ of a youth from Kupwara’s Lolab village two months ago. The petition was filed by Advocate Nasir Qadri seeking whereabouts of Manzoor Ahmed Khan, a resident of Devar village in Kupwara who is missing after army picked him up in August.
The petition was filed before the court of Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar. The petition states that on August 31, Manzoor went to Bandipora via Devar- Aloosa Road for livestock marketing along-with his uncle Jalal-ud-din Khan and paternal aunt Parveena.

Khan while making entry to Bandipora was called by one Major Nishint Gupta of 27 RR, Trimukh Post inside the camp. The uncle and paternal aunt were waiting for two hours outside the camp. After waiting for hours, Khan was told by the army officials that Manzoor was released from another gate and was no more with them.
The family said, “The same Major had also called another person namely Nasrullah Khan who was released after undergoing third degree torture.”The family then approached the Police Station Lalpora and filed a complaint with FIR no 63 of 2017 under section 364,342 Ranbir Panel Code (RPC). Advocate Qadri pleaded that the detaining authority should produce the detainee before the court and show with which authority he was detained.
He stated as to why the Army and police were silent on the issue. He is a common man who was just running his small business of livestock and from the records there is nothing against him.“From 61 days, the man is nowhere to be seen. This is a matter of liberty and violation of individual rights,” Qadri pleaded.

Mohammad Aslam Khan, his brother said that Manzoor’s marriage was going to take place in October this year but “it remained a distant dream.” He was just doing his small work and we are unable to understand why he was detained. We want to know his whereabouts,” he said.

In September, the Corps Commander Lt Gen JS Sandhu and Minister Abdul Haq Khan who is relative of the disappeared youth had visited Devar Lolab area and assured that investigation will be taken up to trace the youth but after passing sixty one days, nothing has come out.

After hearing the plea, the court sent the notice to State Counsel, advocate BA Dar directing him to be present on next hearing on November 7.

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