No Trace of Kupwara Trio; Police say, ‘Investigation Going On’



The family members of three missing persons from border district Kupwara Monday alleged that police have “miserably failed” to trace Ghulam Jeelani Khatana, Mir Hussain Khatana and Ali Muhammad Sheikh of Dardpora Kralgund who are missing since November 17, 2015 after they were taken along by Manzoor Ahmad Khawaja of 160 Battalion Territorial Army.

The accused Army man Manzoor Ahmad is in police remand till January 24. Since November 2014 police have sought multiple remands from the local court.

“The Army man Manzoor took away my husband, our lone bread earner. Why can’t police make him speak truth,” Jana Begum the wife of one of the missing person Ghulam Jeelani Khatana said.

Last year in November, Manzoor Ahmed Khawaja, working for 160 Battalion of the Territorial Army met three men- Ghulam Jeelani Khatana, Mir Hussain Khatana and Ali Muhammad Sheikh in Kupwara. The trio were known to him.

Khawaja, according to family members, had promised the trio job offer. When they didn’t return home that evening, anguished families tried to reach them on mobile phones, but in vain.

After a week-long wait, the families grew suspicious and approached the Army unit of the accused personnel to know the whereabouts of their family heads. However, the Army washed off its hands from the incident.

On November 28 last year, they approached police a filed a case. Khawaja was soon arrested and investigation was started which brought “no good news” for the families so far with Khawaja behind bars in Srinagar central Jail.

“We had lot of expectations from the police but they didn’t take the case seriously,” Khurshid Ahmed, brother of the one missing trio, alleged but added that they are counting on Court now. “Three heads of families have vanished. Two months have expired and yet the police have failed to trace them,” he said and alleged that the guilty army man was not interrogated at all in police station.

SSP Kupwara Ajaz Ahmed told CNS that there is “no breakthrough: in the case. “The investigation is going on and we are on it,” he said.


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