Survival of 3 youth exposes police officer’s dreaded trap

Srinagar, July 18, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a dreaded trap laid by an Indian police officer with the help of his accomplices has been unearthed in Pulwama where youth were lured to join militant modules to be used as cannon-fodder for fake encounters in the mountainous Doda and Kishtwar districts.

The ghastly plot came to fore during investigations of a case. Giving details of the case, police said that the parents of three youth namely Rasikh Ahmad Teli of Petipora Pulwama, Muzaffar Ahmad Sheik of Tahab Pulwama and Shehbaz Ahmad Butt of Petipora Pulwama had filed a missing report about their wards in the local police station some two months back.

“However, the three youth returned home after some time and police took them into custody for investigations,” the police added. During investigations, it came to surface, that Rasikh, Muzaffar and Shehbaz were motivated by one Arshad Ahmad Mir son of Abdul Rehman Mir to join militant ranks.

Arshad, according to police, was, working as a conduit for the police-informer Muhammad Arif of district Kishtwar, who used to set up militant modules for SOG Sub-Inspector Shiv Krishan Sharma alias Sonu who would subsequently shoot these modules down in fake encounters in the mountains of Kishtwar and Doda.

Rasikh, Muzaffar and Shehbaz were handed over by Arshid to Arif who transported them in a Maruti 800 car to Kishtwar via Sinthon in May 2013. Soon after they landed in Kishtwar, the trio was handed over by Arif to Rashid alias Abdullah and they were asked to roam in Kither forests “as militants.”

Meanwhile, Arif informed Sub-Inspector Sonu about the arrival of the boys in the area. Sonu in turn informed his seniors that he had inputs about the presence of a group of Kashmiri militants in Kither forests.

However, a senior police officer in district Doda, who had already got suspicious of Sub-Inspector Sonu’s dubious activities directed him not to go for any operation in the area for the time being. “It was a matter of common sense that Kashmiri youth would not come to Doda or Kishtwar for militancy.

That is why we got suspicious,” a senior police official said. The trio was taken into custody by police in Pulwama and during investigations the gory plot came to fore where the innocent youth were being purchased and then got killed for money and rewards.

Sonu and Arif were arrested on June 5 this year on charges of setting up militant modules and then stage-managing fake encounters in district Doda for promotions and rewards.

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