MISSING OF 3 KUPWARA MEN | Accused trooper sent to judicial custody till Dec 30

A local court here has sent the accused TA soldier Manzoor Ahmad Khoja to judicial custody till December 30.
MISSING OF 3 KUPWARA MEN | Accused trooper sent to judicial custody till Dec 30
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A local court here has sent the accused TA soldier Manzoor Ahmad Khoja to judicial custody till December 30.

Khoja of 160 TA battalion, accused of playing a role in missing of three villagers of Kupwara, was produced before Judicial Magistrate Kupwara, Iqbal Masoodi, on expiry of his police remand who ordered his judicial custody till December 30.

Masoodi also asked the police to produce the case diary on December 24 so that status of the case is known.

Advocate Bilal Ahmad, appearing for the relatives of the missing persons, argued that after the arrest of the accused soldier by police, there was no new development in the case.

"There is no clue of the missing persons and their families are on the verge of starvation," Bilal said. 

Court expressed its dissatisfaction over the pace of the investigation and asked police to speed up the probe.

Court also directed police to produce the driver of the sumo, who is a material witness, before the court so that his statement is recorded under 164-A of CRPC.

The relatives of the missing persons have alleged that Manzoor took them in a Sumo vehicle to Keran.

Meanwhile, the statements of Saleema Begam wife of Mir Hussain Khatana and Noor Hussain Khatana brother of Ghulam Jeelani were recorded before the  Judicial Magistrate Kupwara. They pleaded before  the court that Manzoor Khoja  took them to Kralpora on November 17 this year from where he took them in sumo vehicle towards Keran and since then their whereabouts are not known.

On the directions of the court on December 9, police had detained Manzoor Khoja.

Relatives of Ghulam Jeelani Khatana (42), son of Karim Din and Mir Hussain Khatana (45) son of Muhammad Ismail—residents of Gojar Patti (Satbonya) in Dardpora, and Ali Muhammad Sheikh (40) son of Abdul Aziz of Dolipora Trehgam had appealed the court and alleged that the their sole bread earners got missing on November 17 after they were taken along by Khoja of Dardpora who works with 160 battalion of Territorial Army in Hiri (Kupwara) camp.

After court directions, police registered a case against the TA trooper under FIR No. 100/2015 under 364 of RPC.

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