Kupwara trio’s disappearance: Hurriyat (G) fears worse, demands impartial probe

Kupwara trio’s disappearance: Hurriyat (G) fears worse, demands impartial probe

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Monday demanded an impartial probe into the disappearance of three civilians from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Three residents of Kupwara’s Darpora village went missing about two and a half months ago. Their families have moved court against a Territorial Army soldier whom they accuse of having abducted the trio.
In a statement issued here, Hurriyat (G) expressed concern over the incident.
“Hurriyat doubts the police and army version in which they had said that the trio had crossed over to Azad Kashmir. According to the preliminary investigation conducted by the pro-freedom forum, all fingers of doubt point towards the Indian army. It is believed that the army has kept them in its custody or have killed them in any fake encounter,” the conglomerate said.
Hurriyat (G) said the personal character and activities of the missing men also indicated that “there are no possibilities of them thinking about crossing the ceasefire line”.
“Hurriyat is of the view that the police and army, under a planned manner, tried to create an impression that the three persons have crossed over to other side of the bloody line.
“This is actually an attempt to divert the attention of the people who are demanding investigation into this incident and its purpose could be to protect the culprits,” it said, citing Machil and other fake encounters as examples.
“For promotions and medals, the army officers continue to kill common civilians and then present them as militants,” it said.
The conglomerate questioned the character of the accused soldier “who was reportedly in contact with the three persons till they got missing”.
“The same character was found (of the man involved) in Machil fake encounter. He was used by the Indian army as a middleman to trap the civilians,” Hurriyat (G) said.
An independent agency, it said, should conduct an impartial investigation into the case.
“The army and police are trying to hush-up the matter. So, the local as well as the international human rights organisations are duty bound to take notice of this incident and use their influence to locate the trio,” it said.

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