‘Army Major tortures youth, forced him to take garlic-water’

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The 22 Rashtriya Rifles camp located in Pazlipora area of North Kashmir’s Sopore town has allegedly become a continuous source of nuisance for the locals. According to the locals one Major Abishiek has let loose a reign of terror in the area as he directing the youth to report on the camp where they are being interrogated and tortured.

People in Nazwari Shiva area of Sopore staged a protest against the said Major on Tuesday after he allegedly called a Final Year student from Degree College Sopore namely Mudasir Hassan Reshi resident of Nazwari Shiva to the camp and tortured him physically. The youth according to reports was later on admitted in Sub-District Hospital Sopore under MRD number 34413.

“Army personnel from 22 RR came to our house and directed us to send Mudasir Hassan Reshi to the camp located at Pazlipora. I along with my other family members accompanied Mudasir and reported at the camp where Mudasir was detained and we all were directed to return to the home with an assurance that after brief questioning he will be released,” the brother of Mudasir, Imatiyaz Ahmed Reshi who works in Jammu and Kashmir police department told CNS.

He said that after an hour, “we received a phone call from Major Abhishiekh who asked us to take Mudasir back to his home. We were relieved after receiving the call but our joy was short lived as we found Mudasir in a pool of blood. He was lying on the ground of the camp, unable to walk and talk, blood was oozing out from his nose and ears and there were toture marks on his body,” Imtiyaz said.

“We shifted Mudasir to sub district hospital Sopore where he narrated to the doctors that Army personnel severely thrashed him, hit him with gun butts and he was forced to take garlic-water,” his brother said, adding that Army interrogated his brother on the charges of stone-pelting.

The uncle of Mudasir Reshi said that it is the job of police to detain any stone pelter. “We fail to understand why Army is meddling into the administrative and police affairs and which law permits them to direct youth to report at their camps and interrogate them physically and mentally,” he questioned.

The locals alleged that it has become a routine for Major Abhishiekh to force youth to report at his Pazlipora camp where he interrogates them at will. “We request top Army brass to get this officer shifted from the camp or put a curb on his ‘unlawful’ activities,” they said.

When contacted, Defence spokesperson N.N.Joshi told CNS that it is baseless and all the story is concocted. “No Army officer of ours called any youth to the camp and there is no truth in the story,” he said. (CNS)

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