Srinagar, December 16: If sources in the security agencies deputed in Kashmir are to be believed, the two men who went missing from Kupwara few days back are suspected to have crossed the LoC and have reached Pakistan.
Two middle aged men named Ghulam Jeelani Khatana ( 46) and Mir Hussain Khatana (50) were the residents of Village Kralapora in Kupwara. They both went missing together on November 17. The police officer who is investigating the case has claimed that both were working as guides to help militants cross the Line of Control (LoC).
The officer wished that his name be withheld said, “There are surely apprehensions that the duo may have crossed the LoC.”
He added that the local Territorial Army man, Manzoor Ahmad Khawaja, who has been booked on charges of kidnapping the two civilians, has told the police during questioning that the duo used to often speak about crossing the LoC.
Last week the police arrested a local Army man named Manzoor Khawaja who belongs to the 160 Territorial Army Battalion who was found to be involved in the missing of these two men. Besides these two, another resident of neighbouring Trehgam village, Ali Mohammad Sheikh, 31, is also missing.
During interrogation by the police, the TA Army man said that he had met both the men but he did not know where they are now. However, the officer said that the investigation on in the case is still going on and further details will emerge soon.
According to the sources, “The duo is suspected to have crossed border to get information about militants or to guide a group of militants during infiltration.”
Meanwhile, families of the three missing men protested at Trehgam in Kupwara on Tuesday. They wanted to know about their whereabouts. The families of the missing Kralapora residents fear that they might have got killed in a fake encounter but the an allegation denied by security forces.