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FAMILY OF KUPWARA DISAPPEARED MEN INITIMIDATED BY POLICE AND ARMY

FAMILY OF KUPWARA DISAPPEARED MEN INITIMIDATED BY POLICE AND ARMY

 

Press Statement

04.04.2017

 

The family members of Ghulam Jeelani Khatana, who disappeared on November 17, 2015 along with two other persons Ali Mohammad Sheikh of Trehgam, Mir Hussain Khatana after being lured by a Territorial Army personnel Manzoor Khawja, today moved an application in J&K State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) stating that they are being intimidated by SHO Police Station Kralpora and three persons namely, Khursheed Khatana, Siraj-ud-Din Khatana and Farooq Ahmad Mir, all the three associated with the army.

 

The family members in their application stated that the wife of the Ghulam Jeelani Khatana and her son-in-law Javaid Gorsi (also an applicant) were summoned by SHO P/S Kralpora on April 2, Sunday and on April 3, Monday. They were harassed by the SHO for agitating the disappearances before the media. Pertinently, on 28 March 2017 the applicant and her son-in-law had spoken to media about the case and the impediments created by the police and army and its informers while pursuing the case in the court.

 

The family members accused the police that instead of probing the matter, the SHO and the three army informers tried to force the wife of Ghulam Jeelani Khatana and her son-in-law to enter into a compromise and withdraw the case from the court failing which serious harm would be done to them.

 

The SHO has also asked the wife of Ghulam Jeelani Khatana and her son-in-law to report to the SP Kupwara as he also wants to talk to them. When the family members went to meet the SP they were made to wait for the whole day but the SP didn’t meet them.

 

The family members in their application before the SHRC stated that they are feeling insecure, as the police and the army informers are after them, monitoring their every move and frequently harassing them to withdraw the case. The family members feel that the intimidations are being well-planned to suppress their struggle in the court; therefore, they are feeling highly insecure.

 

The family of Ghulam Jeelani Khatana seeks immediate SHRC intervention and urges that immediate protection must be provided to the applicants and the victim family members who are feeling highly vulnerable to the threats delivered to them by police and army informers.

 

The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) reiterates its demand for truth and justice in all cases of disappearances in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and demands that the SHRC does its duty in ensuring the protection of the victim families of Kupwara, who are threatened by army and police.

Spokesperson

Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society

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