After 15 years, Police indict 2 Army officers

Enforced disappearance of Tengpora youth

D A RASHID

Srinagar: Dec 5: Police has indicted two officers of Army’s 20 Grenadiers for enforced disappearance of a youth of Tengpora area here in 1997. 
In its latest status report filed by Station House Officer (SHO) Parimpora Police Station in Jammu and Kashmir High Court with regard to investigation into the disappearance of 20 year old Mushtaq Ahmad Dar of Tengpora, police has stated that two officers, Major Vishwajeet Singh and Commandant S. K Malik of Army’s 20 Grenadiers, camp Boatman colony Bemina (Srinagar) have been found culpable of abducting Dar. 
The police was conducting the probe into the disappearance case following the High Court directions on the petition by Azizi Begum mother of Mushtaq.
In a plea she through her counsel, Mir Shafaqat Hussain had submitted that her son was subjected to enforced disappearance by the personnel of Army’s 20 Grenadiers during the night of April 13, 1997 from Boat Colony, Srinagar.
The Police report says that all legal formalities stand completed and the case file duly completed in all respects has been submitted to the SDPO West on October 17, 2012 for further action including for accord of sanction for initiation of prosecution against the accused.
Police through a communication letter had requested Commanding Officer of Army (20 Grenadiers) C/O 56 APO on September 14, 2009 to intimate the full particulars of the army party and to the police for concluding the investigation into the case.
Subsequently, on December 2, 2009, police had received a letter from Rahul Jaswal, Major Adjutant 20 Grenadiers  wherein it was intimated that no operation was carried out by the army unit during the intervening night of April 13 1997 in the area of Batamaloo and no individual namely Mushtaq Ahmad Dar was apprehended by the Unit.
The police was also intimated that case had already been dismissed by the High Court on July 19, 2005 but no such order supporting the claim was furnished with the communication.
According to police, a letter was sent to the Rahul Jaswal on the same day requesting him to send copy of High court order. But no reply has been received for last three years.
Meanwhile, High Court has Director General of Police to file within two weeks a fresh status report indicating steps taken by the police for getting accord of sanction.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 5 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 6 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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