The families of the three disappeared Kupwara men namely Ghulam Jeelani Khatana, Mir Hussain Khatana and Ali Mohammad Sheikh, who disappeared in November 2015 in Kupwara district, on Tuesday addressed a press conference in Srinagar organized be APDP.
The families said that Territorial Army’s CO, and Manzoor Ahmad Khwaja and three sources working for the Army namely Khurshid Khatana, Siraj ud Din and Farooq Ahmad Mir are threatening the families to withdraw the case in J & K High Court. One of the threats includes that if the families continue with the case, Ghulam Jeelani would be killed.
The relatives of Jeelani said that last night the army searched Ghulam Jeelani Khatana’s house under the pretext of recovering arms and ammunition. “The family lives under the constant state of fear. The family of Ghulam Jeelani has also received threatening phone calls from unknown phone number,” he said.
Meanwhile a statement of JKCCS issued here said that the role of the Kupwara police needs to be investigated as they appear to be protecting the accused and they also warned the families not to pursue the case. The police have also not taken any action regarding the threatening phone calls received by one family, it said.