The police, on Wednesday, claimed to have gotten two youth released from the army and registered an FIR against a Special Police Officer (SPO) for kidnapping and taking them to the Line of Control on May 11.
According to the police, the two boys - Shariq Ahmad Mir (18), a resident of Kralpora in Kupwara and Zahoor Ahmad Malik (20), a resident of Halmatpura in Kupwara —were lured under the pretext of a ‘job in army intelligence’ by a Special Police Officer (SPO) Imran Ahmad Joo of Keeran, Kupwara.
“It seems he wanted to get them killed,” Senior Superintendent of Police Kupwara Muhammad Yousuf told the media.
The two boys were asked to wear boots with spikes and jackets before being taken to Keran, close to the LoC without making entries at the Transit Camp Point (TCP), otherwise a necessary requirement for any civilian or Army officer.
It was after the intervention of the police and the anxious parents that the boys were traced to a camp “after being kidnapped by the SPO”.
“I inquired from my neighbors and other people and they told me that he (Shariq Ahmad) went along with two other boys towards Keran sector on May 11,” Ghulam Muhammad Mir, father of Shariq Ahmad told the media.
He claimed the family got anxious after his son failed to return for days together. “I went to the house of the SPO and was told Imran Joo is a killer and might get my son killed,” said Mir.
Later, the police approached a local army commander who helped them to trace the two missing youth. “Army commander at Kupwara helped us lot and he conveyed the message forward about missing youth,” said Mir.
Mir suspects that the SPO had the intention to get the boys killed and pass them off as militants.
The SP Kupwara said the investigation in the case was going on. The police have filed a case (FIR 37/10) and have booked the SPO under 364 RPC—kidnapping.