Alleged torture by Major Shukla: Mehbooba says involved Indian Army officer answerable for incident

PDP President Mehbooba Mufti.

Srinagar: A Pulwama resident alleged that he was beaten to pulp and tortured in the Rashtriya Rifles camp of the army in Shadimarg, Pulwama on Monday, according to an exclusive report.

Tawseef Ahmed Wani, who’s brother is currently facing an inquiry for alleged involvement in sharing information on rifleman Aurangzeb leading to his subsequent abduction and killing, said that he received a phone call on Monday from the camp.

“After I went to the camp to meet Major Shukla, I was asked to show my identity. But, after that I was tortured by his (army) men, till I fell unconscious,” he stated as per the report.

“They took off my clothes and started beating me. While three were beating me, two of them also made a video of me,” he was quoted as having said in the report.

As per him, Major Shukla threatened him and said, “pose with a gun and post the photograph by tomorrow; if not, I will kill you in an encounter in the coming days.”

According to the report, officials involved in the matter stated that details were being ascertained.

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Following the news, Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti visited the victim in SMHS hospital, Srinagar.

“I’ve heard about Major Shukla’s bravery, but it is not bravery when you call children at your camp and beat them ruthlessly,” she stated in a quote, as per the report.

She added, “I’m asking the governor, and the core commander to intervene in this matter. Major Shukla is answerable to this incident, and I will take this matter to core commander myself.”

She also added that Wani’s younger brother is in the army, “If you treat their family like this, what will happen to normal (civilian) Kashmiris?”

PDP leader Waheed Parra took to twitter to express his disdain, stating that it was ‘unfortunate and unacceptable’.

Former IAS officer Shah Faesal who recently quit the administration to join politics has demanded the transfer and inquiry regarding Major Rohit Shukla’s conduct.

On Facebook, Faesal said: The least that can happen is that the officer is transferred and an enquiry is ordered into his conduct. Many youths from that area have reported to me that the officer is a serial offender.

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