Srinagar: Two out of the three persons summoned by the Indian Army’s Court of Inquiry (CoI) on Wednesday deposed before the court. The CoI is looking into the allegations that a person went missing in Army custody while another person was released after the two were taken into custody by 27 Rashtriya Rifles in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on August 31.
Official sources told a local news agency GNS that the CoI has also summoned the personnel of 27 RR, including a Major to record their statement.
They said the civilian trio, summoned by the court through Lalpora police station, worked with the local army unit as porters, and were taken early morning to Watlab Army Garrison, Sopore, where proceedings of the CoI are underway.
Two porters – Amrees Khan son of Shahzulla Khan, and Akbar Khan son of Aziz – recorded their statement, sources told the news agency. Jafar Khan son of Nazir Khan, another porter who was summoned, was yet to record the statement.
SSP Kupwara Shamsher Hussain told the news agency that the trio was summoned to be present before the army inquiry.
Meanwhile, sources said that inquiry by joint investigation team, under the supervision of top police officer Nistish Kumar, was also underway and is expected to complete soon.
The inquiry followed protests by people in Lolab as one Manzoor Ahmad Khan went missing and another person – Nasrullah Khan – was hospitalised after the duo were allegedly taken into custody by personnel from 27 RR on for questioning.
People allege that Nasrullah was released by the Army on September 1, but there was no word on the whereabouts of Manzoor.
Abdul Haq Khan, minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, visited Devar Lolab area of the frontier district several times and extended assurance to the people to trace the missing youth. He asked people to maintain calm and also urged them not to take law into their hands. (GNS)