Srinagar: Police has been unable to find any clues about a man from Lolab, who is missing for more than 17 months, after he was allegedly summoned inside an army camp at Trimukha top.
In a report submitted to State Human Rights Commission, Senior Superintendent of Police, Kupwara stated that police has been unable to trace the whereabouts of Manzoor Ahmad Khan.
“During course of investigation, discrete as well as open search is being conducted to trace and locate the whereabouts of Manzoor Ahmed Khan, however, no clue about his whereabouts has struck so far,” the report said.
A petition filed before SHRC by rights activist Ahsan Untoo states that on August 31, 2017 Manzoor left for Bandipora for livestock marketing along with his uncle Jalal-ud-din Khan and paternal aunt Parveena.
“While passing through the Trimukh Post of 27 RR, Manzoor was called by one Major Nishint Gupta inside the camp. The uncle and aunt were waiting for two hours outside the camp. After waiting for hours, Uncle was told by the army officials that Manzoor was released from another gate and was no more with them,” the petition said.
The report filed by police with SHRC said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted on 4 September 2017 which visited the Trimukha top, prepared site plan and recorded statements of witnesses. Sources were also activated and search parties comprising police, locals and forest officials were repeatedly sent in the area. The army officials posted in the Trimukha Camp were requested to join the investigation but they could not attend.
“However, some army personnel were examined on 11 December 2017. During examination, they denied the charges and in fact stated that Manzoor had visited the sentry post at Gate no 1 of the C-COY Camp located at Trimukha Top on 31 August 2017 for routine entry and soon thereafter left the sentry post on his way towards Bandipora and that he never visited inside the camp,” the report states.
The report added that entry/exit register of the gate no 1 was requisitioned to be produced in original but army authorities provided attested photocopies of relevant pages which indicated that Manzoor Ahmed Khan visited the post on 31 August 2017 at 1248hrs and left at 1250 hours, but later on, original register was also obtained from the army unit, on the basis of which questioning was carried out.
Information with regard to unidentified bodies was also sought from all the district SSPs who all have replied in negative. The details along with photographs of recovered bodies were shown to legal heirs of Manzoor.
The report adds that the Commanding Officer 27 RR has been requested to provide the nominal role of Guard then deployed at Gate no 1 and rear Gate of Trimukha Camp and also arrange their presence before SIT for recording their statement which is awaited. The legal heirs of Khan were also directed to be present before SIT.
“Strenuous efforts are being made to investigate the case from all angles for its logical conclusion at the earliest,” the report said.