Troops attempted to murder Feroz Ahmed Hajam, claims family » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, September 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, family of a youth, Feroz Ahmed Hajam, has said that he didn’t cut his throat but Indian troops attempted to murder him.

Indian police had claimed that Feroz Ahmed Hajam had tried to commit suicide inside a washroom after he was called for questioning. Feroz is battling for life at a hospital in Srinagar.

Feroz Ahmed Hajam in a statement, which he himself penned down on a paper, said that he was detained near Khanabal Dak Bungalow by the personnel of Special Operations Group (SOG) of Indian police who bungled him up in a police vehicle instantly and whisked him away on September 5.

Taiq Ahmed, elder brother of Feroz Ahmed in a media interview said, “Last year only we had taken loan to start a trouser manufacturing unit at Achabal Adda in main town Islamabad. It was the responsibility of Feroz to run this unit and manage everything there since I used to run a barber’s shop in the town only at a different location.”

He said, “On 5th September, I left our rented room at 9 am while Feroz was yet to leave for work. During the day I called him couple of times but his phone was constantly switched off. He had to go for collecting the payment from Kulgam as our clientele spans across south Kashmir’s districts.” He added, “Next day in the afternoon I got a call from CID office in Islamabad who were asking me about the details about my brother and it was them who told me that he had been hospitalized in district hospital. As I rushed there, he was being provided treatment and was in a critical condition.”

He said that Feroz had been stopped by the SOG men, who were in civvies, near Dak Bungalow in Khanabal area of Islamabad district. “There he was handcuffed and taken to the Joint Interrogation Centre Islamabad where he was tortured,” he said, adding, “After the torture, the SOG men forcibly put a military fatigue on Feroz and took him to an army camp in Kapran Verinag where he was again tortured. He was then taken to another army camp in Nodura Dooru where a sack like cloth was put over his head and his throat was slit by the forces’ personnel with intent to murder him for no reason.” Tariq said that his brother had no association with any group and not a single case or police complaint was registered against him anywhere. He said how is it possible for a civilian to take a knife along inside the camp?

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of the territory, taking cognizance of a petition filed by the Chairman of International Forum for Justice and Human Rights, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, issued notices to the DC and SSP of Islamabad district asking them to file a compliance report before the Commission, sooner the better.

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