The families of three persons who have allegedly gone missing last month from Kupwara district today contested the claims of police and army, saying that the authorities have miserably failed to provide justice to them. While addressing a press conference here, the families of three missing men said that their three kin would never think of traveling across to spy for Pakistan. “The police and army are claiming to have sent those persons to Pakistan as spy but all of them are illiterates. How can security forces chose those people to spy for them who are uneducated. I believe that our beloved ones will never leave their families alone and put their lives in danger,” Haseena Begum, wife of Ali Muhammad Shiekh, said. The families said that their members, Ghulam Jeelani Khatana, who was working as army porter from April 2015, Mir Hussain Khatana, a labourer, and Ali Mohammad, a former militant and now a labourer, all residents of Gojar Patti (Satbonya) in Dardepora went missing after Khawaja called them on phone for porters’ job in army. Khawaja, a Territorial Army trooper of 69 battalion, Khawaja knew them as he lives in the same village, Dardpora in the district. “On November 17, my husband got a phone call from Manzoor Ahmad, territory Army (TA) personnel who asked him to come out as he has some work with him. Since then my husband’s phone is switched off and we don’t know where he is,” she said. Haseena further appealed to the government to intervene into the matter and find their missing beloved men. The three families, who were accompanied by some locals of the area, said that the police including army are providing them wrong information about their beloved ones. “The missing persons are the sole bread winners of our families but the forces don’t care about that and push us to hardships,” she said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch