Unknown gunmen abducted Naseer Ahmad Khoda, a journalist of Doda, who also reports for the Hindustan Times, in Srinagar on Sunday and released him hours after thrashing and beating him up severely. Police has registered a case and started investigations into the incident.
Naseer, who is also a human rights activist, was in capital Srinagar to attend a two-day meeting of Human Rights defenders organized by Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS). The human rights activists from eight states had gathered here to attend the meeting.
“I was picked up by gunmen near Sonawar around 8:30 pm. They bundled me into a white Mahindra vehicle, blinded-fold me and drove me off to some unknown destination. They threatened to kill me if I raised the alarm”, he said. “They beat me up savagely inside the vehicle and I fell unconscious”, he added.
He said that he was thrown out of the vehicle in unconscious condition somewhere near Shalimar at 11.30pm. “After regaining consciousness people told me I was at Shalimar. I called up my friend and told him about the location and he took me to SMHS hospital,” Khora said.
“The gunmen asked me why I was working with Parvaiz Imroz ?’” Khora said. Parvez Imroz is a noted lawyer and human rights activists. He also heads the JKCCS. The gunmen shaved off his beard on left side of the face.
An FIR (76/07) has been lodged in Police Station Ram Munshi Bagh. A senior police officer said that they have taken serious note of the incident and the case was being investigated.