Srinagar, Oct 2: Three persons who were apprehended near Line of Control near Keran sector on Sunday, more than three years after they went missing, were on Tuesday sent to JIC Kupwara.
Official sources said that the trio—Ali Muhammad Sheikh (47) son of Abdul Aziz of Trehgam, Ghulam Jeelani Khatana (48) of Dardpora Kralpora and Mir Hussain Khatana (48) son of Muhammad Ismail of Dardpora, Kralpora, were shifted to JIC from police station Kupwara.
The trio was apprehended by army’s 3 JAK LI (Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry) soon after they crossed the border near Balbir Post on Sunday. The sources said that all of them have told investigators that they did not cross LoC in connection with militancy related reasons but crossed over to other side of Kashmir “accidentally”.
Regarding Ali Mohammad sources that he is a former militant who had crossed the LoC for the first time in 1990 and returned back this part of Kashmir 1991 and then crossed in 1996 and returned back in 1997. He later surrendered before the army.
Regarding Mir Hussain, sources said that he too is an ex-militant of Al-Badr outfit and had crossed the LoC for the first in 1990. He surrendered soon after returning in 1992. After release, sources said, he again went across the LoC in 1996 and returned back and surrendered before the BSF in the same year.
About Ghulam Jeelani, he crossed the LoC for the first in 2015, they said.
In 2015, after the trio went missing, their families had claimed that they were ‘lured’ by a Territorial Army man, Manzoor Ahmad, for “some job” in the Army. The police had later arrested Manzoor following orders by a court. (GNS)