March 2007 News

Kashmiri youth's disappearance: Court orders identification parade

3 March 2007
Indo-Asian News Service

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has ordered an identification parade of the paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel allegedly involved in the disappearance of a local youth six years ago.Hearing a petition filed by the family of the victim, Muhammad Ashraf Koka, son of Gulam Hassan Koka of Verinag village in Anantnag district in south Kashmir, Justice Bashir Ahmad Kirmani directed the government to produce 12 personnel of the ITBP for identification parade before Ashraf's family members.Ashraf was reportedly arrested by the ITBP from his village in 2001 but efforts by his family to locate him in any of the security forces' camps and interrogation centres had drawn a blank.The family had unsuccessfully tried to get a missing person complaint filed in the Bijbehara police station in Anantnag district and it was only after the court intervention that it was lodged.Police charged the ITPB personnel for the disappearance following a probe into the matter.Since the battalion responsible for the youth's arrest has already moved out of the Kashmir Valley, the public prosecutor Friday sought six week's time from the court to produce the accused ITBP men for identification.


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