The Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Wednesday issued a notice to the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kupwara seeking a detailed report by 15 May regarding the torture of a physically challenged man by policemen.
According to the Kashmir Reader, the SHRC initiated the matter following a complaint filed by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo who alleged that the victim identified as Mohammad Wali Mir was brutally beaten by policemen on 5 April.
As per the complaint, the victim, who is said to be handicapped, reportedly went to buy bread from a nearby bakery shop in the morning of 5 April but on the way he was apprehended by police and taken to a nearby police station. He was allegedly tortured in police custody by the Station House Officer (SHO) and other policemen.
Thereafter, the victim was taken away by the Deputy Superintendent of Special Operations Group (SOG) to the SOG quarter and again tortured.
The next day he was again beaten up by the police and the SOG personnel, the complaint alleged. After blood started oozing out from the victim’s mouth, the police informed the victim’s family members to take him home. Later, the victim was hospitalised and doctors at the Handwara sub district hospital referred him to Srinagar hospital for better treatment.