The Jammu and Kashmir high court has directed seven ITBP personnel, accused of abduction and disappearance of a youth from Islamabad district in 1991, to present themselves before the investigating officer of the case within one week. The directions were passed by the Court after the ITBP identified the seven accused personnel and their whereabouts before the court during the proceedings on Thursday.
Ghulam Hussain Koka, father of Muhammad Asharaf Koka, had filed a petition before the court pleading that the police investigation into the alleged abduction and disappearance case of his son was “tardy” and the warrant issued by chief judicial magistrate, Islamabad was not being executed.
The youth was allegedly abducted by ITBP personnel in Verinag area of Islamabad district in 1991.
According to the ITBP communication to the HC, then commandant of 10th battalion, Inder Singh Negi is presently posted at Northern Frontier Dehradun as inspector general.
Dr P S Gunjiyal, then chief medical officer, is currently posted with 31st Battlaion at Yupia in Arunachal Pradesh, head constable Hukum Singh is posted at Leh and head constable Ajeet Kumar is posted at Chandigarh.
The then second in command of the unit R S Rana has retired and is currently residing in Himachal Pradesh while Rajinder Singh has also retired and is presently in Uttarakhand and sub-inspector Pratap Singh died on August, 4, 2004.
The whereabouts of these personnel were furnished to the court following directions to this effect on the last date of hearing on November 29.