“Inside camp, army beat me with baton, pipe,” says injured Shopian man

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38-year-old, Mohd Ishaq Lone. Photograph by Vikar Syed for The Kashmir Walla
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Struggling to move around on the bed in the emergency ward of Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital, Srinagar, 38-year-old, Mohd Ishaq Lone alleged that he was beaten up ruthlessly today at Rashtriya Rifle (RR) of Army Nagisharan camp in Shopian, was told by an army personnel, “leave the Valley, or pick up the gun.”

At 11 am today, he was asked to visit the camp to meet the concerned Major regarding his 23-year-old missing brother Wilayat Ahmad. Mr. Lone’s brother, Mr. Ahmad went missing on 8 September 2018, and the family is unaware of his whereabouts since then. “We even filed the FIR next day only in Shopian town police station,” said Bilal Ahmad, younger brother of Mr. Lone, “if he left for militancy, would he tell us his whereabouts?”

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Mr. Lone is a resident of Rawalpora, Shopian, and manages a pharmacy shop near Shopian district hospital, with the help of his younger brother, Bilal, and father. “I got a call on last night around 10 pm from the camp, was asked to visit at 11 am today,” said Mr. Lone, “today, I went with Bilal, my father, and numberdaar (village head).”

As per Mr. Lone, since his brother is missing, he had been called at the camp multiple times, “but they never used to beat me. Today, two personnel came and held my hands, while the third one beat me on the back (hips) with a batton and pipe.” While Mr. Ahmad, alongside his father and village head waited outside, “we could hear him shouting. I feared that once they take him out, they will take one of us,” said Mr. Ahmad.

As per 33-year-old, Mr. Ahmad, his elder brother came out after 45 minutes, “and wasn’t able to even walk properly.” Around 12 pm, Mr. Ahmad took his brother to Shopian district hospital, “and there he started spitting blood, so we were advised to shift him to SMHS.” After Wilayat left, Mr. Bilal believes that his home and business both have been torn apart.

The Kashmir Walla reached out to SHO Shopian, Muddasir Ahmad but he stated that he has only joined two days back, and wasn’t aware of the details of the case, and would get back as soon as he goes through the details, while the SSP of Shopian, Sandeep Chaudry wasn’t available at phone-call.

“I’m the eldest brother, if I had known that he was going to join militancy, would I let him go?” said Mr. Lone. “We are being troubled regularly. They beat us and torture us, what option are we left with to fight oppression?” asked Mr. Bilal.

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