Missing trio apprehended after 3 years, sent to JIC

Srinagar : 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 another side of Kashmir “accidentally”.

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.

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