Disappeared Budgam man remains untraced since 2009

Nayeem Rather

Abdul Rehman Parrey (L) and his aunt

Budgam: Five years after his arrest, a Budgam villager’s whereabouts remain unknown.
The disappeared, identified as Abdul Rehman Parrey, 32, of Parray Drang, Budgam  who worked as a daily wager in Water Works Department was picked up by the personnel of 33 RR stationed at Beerwah camp on March 22, 2009. Despite hectic searches, his family has not been able to trace him.
“I don’t know where my brother is.  I searched everywhere but have found no trace of him yet  I believe he was killed by the army,” his brother Shamsdin Parrey told Kashmir Reader..
A missing report was filed in  police station Khag but nothing came out of the police investigation, if at all it was ever held, he said.
Shamasdin has lost faith in police and accuse them of  shielding the army. “Instead of helping us, the police and the intelligence agencies told us that he had become a militant and we are hiding him,” he said.
Rehman’s uncle Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din said that the army from Lassipora camp visited the house three months after Rehman’s arrest. “We were told that Rehman had joined militancy. They harassed us repeatedly and one day we were told not to disclose anywhere that army had taken him along,” he said.
Mohi-ud-Din said the family was promised a job if the search for Rehman was given up.
The Station House Officer Khag Parvaiz Ahmed said that no FIR has been lodged by the family in this case. However, he assured an enquiry into the disappearance.
“And who knows he might have become a militant,” he added
The family strongly contests the claim of the police. They accused the police confusing the case.