Families of 3 disappeared persons approach SHRC against police intimidation, says JKCCS

Families of 3 disappeared persons approach SHRC against police intimidation, says JKCCS

Srinagar: Family members of three north Kashmir residents untraceable since November last have approached the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) with complaints of intimidation by the station house officer of Kralpora. In a statement, Jammu Kashmir coalition of civil society (JKCCS) said that family members of Ghulam Jeelani Khatana, Ali Mohammad Sheikh of Trehgam and Mir Hussain Khatana after being lured by a Territorial Army personnel Manzoor Khawja disappeared on November 17, 2015, moved an application SHRC stating that SHO Police Station Kralpora was intimidating them. The family members aid that three persons namely Khursheed Khatana, Siraj-ud-Din Khatana and Farooq Ahmad Mir, all associated with the army were also intimidating them.
The family members in their application stated that SHO Kralpora on April 2 and 3 summoned the wife of Ghulam Jeelani Khatana and her son-in-law Javaid Gorsi (also an applicant).  The duo was harassed by the SHO for agitating the disappearances before the media, JKCCS said in the statement.
The applicant and her son-in-law had spoken to media on March 28 about the case and the impediments created by the police and army and its informers while pursuing the case in the court.
The family members accused the police that instead of probing the matter, the SHO and the three army informers tried to force the wife of Ghulam Jeelani Khatana and her son-in-law to enter into a compromise and withdraw the case from the court failing which serious harm would be done to them.
The SHO has also asked the wife of Ghulam Jeelani Khatana and her son-in-law to report to the SP Kupwara as he also wants to talk to them. When the family members went to meet the SP they were made to wait for the whole day but the SP didn’t meet them.
The family members in their application before the SHRC stated that they are feeling insecure, as the police and the army informers are after them, monitoring their every move and frequently harassing them to withdraw the case. The family members feel that the intimidations are being well-planned to suppress their struggle in the court; therefore, they are feeling highly insecure.
The family of Ghulam Jeelani Khatana seeks immediate SHRC intervention and urges that immediate protection must be provided to the applicants and the victim family members. The statement added that the families are feeling highly vulnerable to the threats delivered to them by the police and the army informers.
The APDP reiterates its demand for truth and justice in all cases of disappearances in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and demands that the SHRC does its duty in ensuring the protection of the victim families of Kupwara, who are threatened by army and police, the statement added.

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