Troops torture man with brother in PaK

Bandipora, Feb 12: At a time when the Centre has given green signal for the return of Kashmir youth from Pak administered Kashmir, troops tortured a man having his brother now settled across the l...

Bandipora, Feb 12: At a time when the Centre has given green signal for the return of Kashmir youth from Pak administered Kashmir, troops tortured a man having his brother now settled across the line of control.
 Nazir Ahmed Chopan of Balhama Arin Bandipora, whose brother Muhammad Yosuf left for PaK 18 years ago, was tortured by troopers on Friday asking him to provide whereabouts of his brother.
 Nazir told Greater Kashmir that yesterday evening troopers of Khurryapora camp seized his identity card and asked him to come to their camp this morning. "As I entered the camp today, troopers started kicking and beating me and asked me to show my brothers' whereabouts. They tortured me for more than an hour. I told them that my brother has not returned, but they did not listen and continuously thrashed me," he said with tears in his eyes.
 Nazir said that his brother Yosuf, like thousands of other youths left to join the armed struggle and went across LoC for arms training 18 years back, but he later settled in PaK. "He married their and has one child," he adds.
 But back home it has been a miserable life for the family all these years.
 According to Nazir, due to continuous raids in past two decades by troopers searching for his militant brother, they fled their home to escape from their wrath.
 "My two brothers have died and I am bringing up five orphaned children of my brothers along with my three children. Our lives have been ruined by troopers. We spent maximum time in forests due to fear of troopers. What is my sin if my brother is in PaK, even my old parents were not spared," he said.
 Commanding Officer 14 Rashtriya Rifles said that he would help Nazir in getting back his I-card. "We have no deployment there. The SHO also informed me about it. I would look into the matter," he said.
 SP Bandipora, Shiekh Junaid Mehmood, told GK that he had no information about the incident.
 "The complainant should approach me," he said.

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