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Court Extends Custody Of Army Man Accused Of Abducting Kashmir Civilians

A court in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday extended the police remand of an army soldier accused of abducting two men in Kupwara after luring them with government jobs.

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The villagers – Ghulam Jeelani Khatana and Mir Hussain Khatana – both residents of Gujjar Patti (Satbonya) in Dardpora are missing for past many days, with their families saying they were ‘lured’ by the Territorial Army man for some job in the Army and since November 17, their whereabouts are not known to anybody.

Acting upon the complaint of the family members and subsequent directions from the court, police arrested the accused TA soldier Manzoor Khawaja who was remanded to two-day police custody on December 9.

After the expiry of the police remand the police produced the accused before the Judicial Magistrate Kupwara Mansoor Ahmad Lone who remanded him to two more days in police custody.

Deputy Inspector General of Police for North Kashmir Gareeb Das told CNS that the accused is being questioned and a special team comprising SDPO, SHO Kralpora police station and other officers has been constituted to ascertain the facts.

A police official said on the condition of anonymity that the accused could not be questioned thoroughly because he had taken ill. “Facts will surface within two days,” he said. (CNS)

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