SRINAGAR: An embarrassed Jammu and Kashmir administration finally permitted Sajad Rashid Sof, the Safapora trader, to go home after five days of detention.
Sofi, 55, was arrested for telling an adviser to Lt Governor in a public function on June 10, that he has expectations from local officers.
Police had charged him under Section 153 IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.) and once he got the bail, he was dubbed a threat to peace and held under a different section. SSP Ganderbal, Sohail Munawar Mir told NDTV that Sofi was first arrested after making the comments at a public hearing and then granted interim bail on June 12 by a magistrate court till June 21. “However, the police kept him under preventive detention as he is a potential threat to peace,” Mir was quoted saying.
A resident of Wani Mohalla Safapora, local news gatherer CNS said, Sofi was released from police station Safapora this evening.