Srinagar: A student was hospitalized on Tuesday after he was allegedly tortured by army in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, triggering protests in the area, reports said.
Mudasir Hassan Reshi, a final year student of Degree College Sopore was summoned to the camp by Major Abishek of 22 Rashtriya Rifles and was subjected to physical torture, Mudasir’s brother, Imtiyaz Ahmad, who works in the Police department, told a local news agency CNS.
A resident of Nazwari Shiva, Mudasir was admitted at the sub-district hospital Sopore under MRD number 34413 after his release.
“Army personnel from 22 RR came to our house and directed us to send Mudasir to their Pazlipora camp. I along with my other family members accompanied Mudasir and reported at the camp where my brother was detained. All of us were directed to return to the home with an assurance that after brief questioning he will be released,” Imtiyaz said.
After an hour, he said, Major Abhishek called the family and asked them to take Mudasir back.
“We were relieved after receiving the call but our joy was short-lived. We found Mudasir in a pool of blood. He was lying on the ground, unable to walk. Blood was oozing from his nose and ears and there were torture marks on his body,” he said.
The family, he said, instantly shifted Mudasir to the SDH Sopore, where he told the doctors that “soldiers severely thrashed him, hit him with gun butts and forced him to take garlic water,” Imtiyaz added.
He said that his brother was interrogated by army on charges of stone-pelting.
Mudasir’s uncle told the CNS that it was the job of police to detain any stone-pelter. “We fail to understand why army is meddling into the administrative and police affairs, and which law permits them to direct youth to report at their camps and interrogate them physically and mentally?” he said.
Meanwhile, the locals alleged that the camp has become a “continuous source of nuisance” for the locals. The army Major, they further alleged, has let loose, a reign of terror in the area.
“It has become a routine for Major Abhishek to force youth to report at his Pazlipora camp where he interrogates them at will. We request top army brass to get this officer shifted from the camp or put a curb on his ‘unlawful’ activities,” they said.
Terming the allegations baseless and concocted, army’s Srinagar-based spokesperson Col N N Joshi said that no army officer called any youth to the camp. “There is no truth in the story,” he added.