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Sunday 20 April 2014

Dad was tortured to death in Kashmir, says family

Nazir 'Dave' Hussain (56), from Wexford, is understood to have been abducted and killed by an armed gang in Kashmir August 12.
Nazir 'Dave' Hussain (56), from Wexford, is understood to have been abducted and killed by an armed gang in Kashmir August 12.

THE family of an Irish citizen murdered in the war-torn region of Kashmir claim their loved one was "tortured" in the hours leading up to his death.

Nazir 'Dave' Hussain (56) is understood to have been abducted by an armed gang who viciously attacked him on August 12.

The father of seven, who lived in Wexford, died in his son's arms as his family desperately rushed him to a Kashmiri hospital for medical treatment.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that consular assistance was provided to the Hussain family in the aftermath of his death.

Mr Hussain moved to Ireland over 20 years ago and married Gorey woman Trish Donnelly. However, he travelled to his home town of Chattroh last month in order to attend the wedding of his son, Nasir.

A gang of four men and two women is alleged to have kidnapped Mr Hussain as he returned from a visit to his mother's grave.

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The family say the gang broke his legs and beat him with weapons for three hours. They fear they will never get justice.

His daughter Caroline said: "All that we want for our dad is justice."

Mr Hussain's son Nasir said: "He was looking up at me and then he died in my arms."

He added that nobody would help him assist his father as he was dying on the ground.

Friends of Mr Hussain have now set up a Facebook page, 'Justice for Dave', in a bid to raise funds.

"We are looking for donations to help pay for a legal team in Kashmir to prosecute the murderers of our beloved friend Nazir Hussain, better known as Dave to his friends and community," the page says.

Irish Independent

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