Srinagar: A youth from Langate area of Kupwara district has been tortured by an army major, Member of Legislative Assembly from the same area Engineer Abdul Rashid said.
Rashid said that 18-year-old Sajad Ahmad Bhat was hospitalised at SKIMS, Bemina.
He added the company commander of the 6 Rashtriya Rifles, stationed at Kukroosa in Handwara, has been harassing the local residents.
He said soldiers of the unit led by the said army officer cordoned the village Zafarkhani during the intervening night and started a search operation early morning.
“Early Saturday morning The officer said that militants were present in the village that is near the Line of Control. He (major) took a few youth along with him for the search operation but after finding nothing he abused them and took Sajad, son of Abdul Ahad Bhat, to the nearby house and subjected him to third degree torture,” Rashid said.
Sajad was gagged with a piece of cloth and beaten up till he bled. Only after the protest by local residents was he released.
The victim was first taken to district hospital Handwara but shifted to Srinagar on the advice of doctors.
Rashid demanded action against the army officer.
“These dirty and inhuman acts will not lower the morale of Kashmiris who are being treated worse than animals,” the MLA, who heads the Awami Itehad Party, said.