Man abducted, tortured and killed in Kashmir by militants: Police
A youth has succumbed to his injuries hours after he was allegedly abducted and tortured by suspected militants in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, police said on Thursday.
Militants had allegedly abducted Arif Ahmad of Khudwani and Mehraj Ahmad of Hawoora, Kulgam, from their homes on Wednesday, police said.
Arif was found unconscious by locals with torture marks on his body at Arwan and was rushed to the hospital, where he breathed his last, a police spokesman said.
While a police officer said Mehraj had reached home after he was reportedly let off, a local news agency CNS said that he was still untraceable.
The agency also said that thousands of people participated in the funeral of Arif at his native village where his father Fayaz Ahmad Sofi questioned the militants for killing his son.
“If my son has been killed by militants, I want to ask them to provide me proof that he was an army informer. I will not repent over the death of my son if they will come up with sound proof,” Sofi was quoted by the agency.
“As far as my knowledge goes, my son was ardent supporter of militants and the ongoing movement,” he said.
A police officer said both the youths, in their mid-twenties, were beaten by the abductors. He said that the families had not filed any missing report.
Superintendent of police, Kulgam , Harmeet Singh Mehta was not available for comments immediately.
There have been several abductions allegedly by militants in Kashmir. In some instances, militants released videos of people “confessing” they were informers of army and police before letting them off. On a few occasions, the people were shot in their limbs or killed. So far, no video of Wednesday’s case has been released.
In April, 24-year-old Kifayat Bashir Mir, a resident of Moolu Chitragam in Shopian, was abducted and fired upon from a close range in his ankle leaving him critically injured.
In September 2017, a video of a youth Ishtiaq Ahmad Wagay, while a gun was pointed at him, owning up to “spying on militants” went viral on social media a month after his bullet riddled body was found in Shopian.