Srinagar, November 30 : The High Court of Jammu and Kashmir has directed paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to ensure the presence of its 11 personnel before police in connection with their involvement in the disappearance of a youth from Kokagund Verinag 11 years ago. Justice Hasnain Massodi, hearing a contempt petition filed by the family of the victim, Muhammad Ashraf Koka, directed the Commandant of 10-Battalion ITBP to ensure the presence of the 11 personnel before Additional Superintendent of Police, entrusted with the investigation.
According to the family, Muhammad Ashraf was picked up by the ITBP men from his residence, Kokagund Verinag, on October 27, 2001 on the ruse to guide them in the village and that was the last time when the family saw Ashraf.
In his arguments, Additional Advocate General M A Chashoo, said that the ITBP authorities were not cooperating with the investigating officer. They even did not facilitate execution of warrant issued by Chief Judicial Magistrate Islamabad against the personnel, advocate Chashoo said.
The trial court had issued the warrant to secure the presence of the personnel for their identification parade before the witnesses.
The 11 personnel involved in case have been identified by the investigation officer as Inder Singh Negi (commandment), R S Rana, Dr P S Gunjiyal, Inspector Rajinder Singh, Partap Singh(SI), Head Constables Hukum singh and Ajeet kumar, Sunil Joshi, JCO R S Chouhan, JCO Mishra and Ram Pratab (SI).-KMS