A local court in Kupwara Wednesday sent the accused Territorial Army man in police remand till December 11 (Friday). Judicial Magistrate Kupwara, Mansoor Ahmad lone ordered the remand of the accused TA man, Manzoor Ahmad Khawaja today after hearing arguments of the counsel, advocate Bilal Malik, for the families of the missing men and police’s chief prosecutor Ashiq Hussain. The court also said to the families that it can order their exhumation and DNA tests if they suspect that their two missing members were killed in recent encounters in the district. The prosecution pleaded before the court that police has no objection in producing photographs of the militants killed in recent encounters along with other required evidence. The families said that their members, Ghulam Jeelani Khatana (42), son of Karim Din and Mir Hussain Khatana (45) son of Muhammad Ismail, all residents of Gojar Patti (Satbonya) in Dardepora went missing after Khawaja called them on phone for porters’ job in army. Khawaja, a rifleman of 160 TA Battalion, was arrested by police from his native village Dardpora on Tuesday evening. Police had arrested Khawaja and registered an FIR number 100/2015 under Section 364 of RPC, following an appeal by the families of the two men after they were missing. Meanwhile, the family of Ali Muhammad Sheikh (40) son of Abdul Aziz of Dolipora, Trehgam, submitted an application before the police in which they have also alleged that Sheikh was called by Khawaja for a porter job in army.
2015 Kashmir Despatch