Srinagar: The monthly sit in of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Tuesday saw the the participation of the family members of Manzoor Ahmad Khan, who was allegedly apprehended by 27-RR on August 31 from Tremokh-Top area of Kupwara, and since then he has not been seen by his family members.
Mohammad Aslam Khan, brother of Manzoor Ahmad Khan told Kashmir Reader that his brother was supposed to visit his aunt in Bandipora the day he was apprehended by army.
He said that Manzoor was stopped at the army camp outside the village, where passersby have to register their names.
“My brother was accompanied by his uncle and my uncle left the entry point and waited for him, but Manzoor did not come back. Army did not leave him but detained him in the camp,” he said.
Khan said when the family contacted the army officials they said that they have released Manzoor.
“My uncle clearly told them ‘you did not release him as I was waiting for him outside the camp’. Later they said that they will release him within half an hour,” he said.
He added that later that night at 9:30 p.m Army said that Manzoor was not with them but another youth Nusrulla Khan was with them.
“Later on they denied that he was with them. He was supposed to get married in this month. He had nothing to do with politics or anything related to it. My mother since then has been waiting for Manzoor,” Khan said.
Khan believes that Army might have placed Manzoor on treatment as Nusrulla was also tortured ruthlessly or they might have killed him.
“Nusrulla was tortured so ruthlessly that both of his kidneys are damaged. We spoke with him regarding my brother and he said that they were placed in separate rooms. He also said that he heard three cries of Manzoor and later did not know what happened to him,” he said.
While condemning Manzoor’s disappearance APDP termed Army’s version of denial as old tactics to dodge the issue and to blank it out from the public attention. “This has been the old tactic of the state. APDP condemns the abduction and enforced disappearance and demands that an independent investigation be held on this and Mahzoor to be returned immediately to his family,” the statement said.
Parveena Ahanger, Chairperson APDP also condemned the recent incidents of braid chopping and accused the government for showing immense negligence in stopping it. “The braid chopping is an attack on the dignity and pride of the women of Kashmir. This is a catastrophe that women are not being allowed to come out of their homes. This is the worst kind of state terrorism. Aren’t they ashamed of committing such crimes?” she said.