Kulgam youth dies of torture injuries after being ‘released’ by militants

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Suhail A Shah

Anantnag: One of the two youths who were released late Wednesday evening after being tortured by suspected militants, succumbed to his injuries Wednesday night at a Srinagar hospital. Arif Ahmad Sofi, son of Fayaz ahmad Sofi, resident of Khodweni area in Kulgam district, worked as a salesman at a local mobile phone shop. He was abducted by suspected militants from his home on Tuesday evening. Another youth, Mehraj Ahmad Dar, son of Ghulam Muhammad Dar, was also abducted at around the same time from his home in neighbouring Havoora village. Both of them were released in a wounded state, their bodies showing marks of torture.
“Both had been tortured. Dar’s injuries were not of serious nature but Sofi was grievously injured and had to be shifted to a Srinagar hospital for specialised treatment,” a senior police officer told Kashmir Reader.
He said that Sofi battled death for a few hours before breathing his last.
Families of the two youths have still not approached the police regarding abduction of their sons.
“We had tried hard to contact them and register a case but they did not come forward for reasons better known to them,” the police officer said.
Now that Sofi has died, police have taken cognizance of the matter and an investigation has been started, the officer said.
This is the second such incident in Khodweni area of a civilian being abducted and tortured by militants so badly that he died.
In March this year, a Class 12 student, Omais Rashid Bhat, resident of nearby Qaimoh area, was abducted and tortured by suspected militants. He was dumped by a roadside with grievous injuries and succumbed later at a Srinagar hospital.