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Kulgam youth tortured by gunmen succumbs

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Srinagar, Mar 22: A youth tortured by unknown persons earlier this month in Qaimoh area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district died on Thursday.

After his abduction from his native Qaimoh area on March 08, Omais Rashid Bhat (20), son of Abdul Rashid Bhat,  was tortured and dumped in an unconscious state few hours later at Ves Batpora.

He was shifted to a Srinagar hospital where he breathed his last today morning, reports said, quoting sources.

SSP Kulgam Shirdhar Patil, in a press conference today, blamed militants for abducting and torturing Bhat.

“He (Bhat) was abducted by militants from his native village Qaimoh. He was beaten mercilessly and was also tortured with the intention to spread fear in public in his locality,” SSP said.

He said later on he was thrown away at village Ves Batpora from where he was shifted to District Hospital Kulgam in critical condition, and later referred to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar and was admitted in ICU.

SSP said Police Station Qaimoh has registered case (FIR no. 04/2018 U/S 364  RPC) and investigation taken up.

“During the course of investigation it came to fore that terrorist are harassing the people by way of issuing warning letters to the general people to intensify terror among masses,” SSP said.

He also said a special investigation team (SIT) has been constituted under the supervision of DySP Hqrs Kulgam to investigate the case.

“Credible leads will help to solve the case and  justice will be delivered accordingly,” SSP said.

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