Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Friday directed the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara to provide medical help to Nasrullah Khan of Lolab who was badly beaten/ tortured by army personnel on August 31, 2017, at an army camp. He suffered damage in both his kidneys due to the severe beating/ torture.
Since the assault, which the SSP Kupwara’s report describes as “severely tortured with an intention to kill”, Khan has been on medication and no relief has been provided to him so far by the government.
His medical report states that Nasrullah Khan was under hospitalisation for 27 days at SKIMS. His injuries were a case of post-torture Rhabdomyolisis with acute renal failure. He was in critical condition and was managed with multiple sessions of hemodialysis in addition to other medication. “The patient after recovery was discharged and was advised to follow Nephrology OPD for regular check-ups,” the medical report at SKIMS says.
Human rights defender Ahsan Untoo filed a petition before the SHRC stating that Khan’s health was deteriorating as he belongs to a poor family and cannot afford proper treatment. Untoo pleaded before the commission to direct that proper medical relief be provided to him.
After hearing the petitioner, Chairperson SHRC Retired Justice Bilal Nazki directed the DC Kupwara to provide medical help to Nasrullah Khan.
The report submitted by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kupwara before the commission states that on August 31, 2017, police station Lalpora came to know that one person, namely Nasrullah Khan of Devar, has been brought from Trimukha Behk by the villagers of Devar in a critical condition, and he has been admitted for medical treatment to Sogam Hospital. “After receiving the information, ASI Mushtaq Ahmed was deputed to inquire into the matter. During the inquiry it was revealed that Nasrullah khan on August 31, 2017, was forcibly taken inside the army camp located at Trimukha Top and was wrongfully confined there. He was severely tortured with an intention to kill him. Later, after locals raised a hue and cry, he was thrown out of the rear gate of the camp in a very critical condition,” the SSP Kupwara’s report states.
“Thereafter, a special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted who visited the crime scene, prepared site plan, and recorded statement of witnesses. During the period, Nasrullah Khan was admitted at SKIMS hospital and was discharged on 30 September, 2017. The medical report was also obtained. After a lot of correspondence and persuasions, the concerned army authorities presented accused army personnel before SIT who, after thorough questioning, denied involvement in the crime. The entry/exit register was obtained from the Army Camp on the basis of which questioning was carried out with the witnesses. Further investigation into the case is going on,” the report states