Tortured in army custody, Kupwara man returns home with damaged kidneys

Tortured in army custody, Kupwara man returns home with damaged kidneys

Narrates 3-month ordeal in hospital, neighbour still untraced

Kupwara: On August 31 this year, Nasrullah Khan, 25, and Manzoor Ahmad Khan, 22, of Dewar village in Lolab valley in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district were allegedly abducted by troops of the army’s 27 Rashtriya Rifles. Although Manzoor’s whereabouts remain unknown, the army ‘released’ Nasrullah a day later, following which he was admitted to SKIMS Soura. He has been allowed to go home now after over three months albeit with damaged kidneys. Nasrullah says that he is like a corpse as he is not able to walk or eat anything.
“I reached my home,” Nasrulla said, “but I can’t forget the day dozens of army men thrashed me with sticks and iron rods inside the army camp for a night. They threw me out of the camp on the second day.”
He said he was shifted to hospital for treatment where he underwent treatment for more than a hundred days. “According to the doctors both my kidneys are not at the right spot and are not working properly,” he said.
“I can’t walk properly, I can’t work, I can’t eat and I can’t sleep as a normal man – I am still on bed rest in one of my rooms. Not only do I have kidney problems, several of my internal parts are not working properly, and I am begging before my relatives and friends to take care of my five small children, wife and aged mother,” he narrated his ordeal.
Nasullah has sold some land and livestock to compensate the treatment. He complained that the government did not offer him any financial help and nobody visited him at the hospital.
Nasrulla and Manzoor were detained by army troops on August 31 when they were on their way with some neighbours to the forests.
The soldiers allegedly thrashed the duo in the camp. Even as Nasrullah was thrown out of the camp in a critical state, Manzoor Ahmad Khan is still missing. All attempts have been made to pressurize the army to reveal his whereabouts by the police, the High Court and the state Law minister, Abdul Haq Khan, who is his close relative.