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Abuses in the Kashmir Valley
Ghulam Hassan Ganie
Early on Monday, September 16, a rumor spread in the village that one of the detainees had been killed during an encounter and that his body could be recovered from the Srinagar police station, eighteen kilometers away. At 1:00 p.m. that day, the police of Shergali, the main local police station of Civil Lines, Srinagar, told the family that Ganie's body had been found near the station. The Shregali police handed the body over to the Pampore police, who handed it over to the family. L., who saw the body, stated that Ganie had a bloody scar on the right cheek and a depressed chest. There were no other marks, and no bullet wounds. In the official police bulletin of that evening, nothing was said about the case.
Ganie had previously been arrested in 1996 because of his involvement with a militant group, and was jailed for two years. He was released in April 1998.
On September 16-17, the people in the village protested the arrests and killing, and because the village is located on the main highway, they managed to block traffic. Villagers stated that as a result of the public pressure, the two other men were released at 7:00 p.m. on September 17 by the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry, an army unit whose headquarters is situated behind the Shergali police station. According to L., the two men have been too frightened to talk about the incident. At the time of Human Rights Watch interview, the family had received no explanation about Ganie's killing.
Ali Mohamed Bhatt
The next day, first a civilian man came to see whether Amin was home. After they were assured that he was, an army unit headed by Major Shekawar came at 9:30 p.m. and took him to Aripathen camp, which is the military camp of our area. At midnight they returned with him and told him to show them where the weapons were buried. But there were no weapons, so they returned to the camp. At 2:00 a.m. they came back again, but he still did not produce any weapons, so then they took his brother, Abdurrashid, and beat him with their guns and sticks and kicked him with their boots. Then they took Mohamed Amin to another house in the village and started beating him there.32
The army stayed in the village till noon the next day and then went back to the army camp with Amin. The next morning, February 23, at 7:00 a.m., residents of the village found Amin's body tied to a tree on the outskirts of the village. W. stated:
I immediately went there. His body was riddled with bullets. The bone of his forehead protruded, one eye was out, all the fingers of his left hand were missing, and there was a bullet wound also in his left side. There were holes in his pheran [cape]. The army came shortly thereafter and took the body to the local police station where they filed an FIR claiming that Amin was a released militant who had been re-arrested to lead the army to an arms cache, and that he had done so. On returning to the camp, the FIR said, Amin tried to take one of those weapons and fire at the soldiers, upon which they killed him. I tried to fill an FIR, but the police said there already was an FIR. I tried to get a copy of it for the court, but the police refused to give me one.33
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