Srinagar: Jaish and Hizbul militants abducted and killed Kulgam civilian Sheeraz Ahmed Bhat who owned the house in which three Jaish militants were killed in an encounter with government forces on October 21, the J&K Police told the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Friday.
The report submitted to SHRC by J&K Director General of Police (DGP) states that the conspiracy by Jaish and Hizbul militants to abduct and kill Sheeraz Ahmad Bhat was revealed by three over-ground workers (OGWs) of the militant outfits who were apprehended by police. The trio disclosed how Jaish and Hizbul militants with active help of the OGWs brutally tortured and killed Sheeraz Ahmed, the police report said.
“Upon disclosure and indication of apprehended OGWs about place of burial of Sheeraz Ahmed Bhat, the Kulgam police recovered the dead body on 11 December, 2018,” the DGP’s report stated.
The report further says that preliminary post-mortem findings suggested bullet and torture marks on Sheeraz Ahmad’s body. “Based on instant progress of the case, Kulgam police is in pursuit of making more arrests but the investigation of the case is still going and will be taken to its logical conclusion shortly,” the report said.
Earlier, the SHRC had called for a report from Deputy Commissioner Kulgam and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kulgam with regard to abduction and killing of civilian Sheeraz Ahmed Bhat by unknown persons on October 27, 2018.
The SHRC had asked for the report after hearing a petition filed by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo, who had asked the SHRC to order an inquiry to know the whereabouts of Sheeraz, who was still missing at the time the petition was filed.
The petitioner had stated that on October 27, Sheeraz had arranged a vehicle of a cousin to drop his sister-in-law and his mother-in-law to their home. Sheeraz’s cousin was in the driving seat and others were getting into the car when a Santro car came and stopped right beside them. According to his sister-in-law, the petitioner said, some masked gunmen disembarked from the Santro car and forced Sheeraz into their car and drove away.
The petition stated that the family of Sheeraz, comprising his wife and three children, had already been rendered homeless after their house was reduced to rubble in the encounter that took place on October 21 when three Jaish militants were killed and later seven civilians died in a blast that took place in the rubble of the house.
Reacting to the police report, Untoo said, “The case needs to be probed by the SHRC’s investigation wing and ex-gratia relief should be provided to the family members of slain Sheeraz.”