Batamaloo Legislator Demands FIR Against Army Officer



MLA Batamaloo, Sheikh Noor Muhammad
MLA Batamaloo, Sheikh Noor Muhammad

Seeking immediate removal and registration of an FIR against an Indian Army officer, MLA Batamaloo Noor Muhammad and locals of Lawaypora from outskirts of Srinagar Monday wrote a letter to SSP Srinagar Amit Kumar alleging that an Army party headed by an officer from Sharifabad, HMT camp forcibly took a local youth to a nearby paddy field and photographed him along with their service rifles and grenades.

Reports said that on day 14 this month, an army party from Sharifabad camp arrested three youth from Lawaypora locality after they allegedly made a graffiti urging people to observe August 15 as Black Day. The youth after questioning were immediately released by the Army. Waheed Ahmed Malik son of late Abdul Razak, the cousin of one of the accused told CNS that during late hours on Sunday, the same Army party led by the same officer caught hold of him and took him to a nearby paddy field. “I was ordered to pose for photographs along with their service rifles. After taking my photographs the officer threatened me of dire consequences and even told me that he knows how to deal with people like me,” Malik said.

Malik reportedly informed his family and friends about the incident who in turn brought the issue into the notice of local legislator and PDP politician Sheikh Noor Muhammad. “I immediately rushed to Lawaypora (His native place as well) and we all approached police station Parimpora and informed the officials there about the unfortunate incident,” Noor Muhammad said.

“In the letter that we have forwarded to SSP Srinagar, we have sought the removal of the officer and immediate registration of FIR against him. We have also highlighted the anti-people actions that this officer has been indulging in the area. He even enters into schools and harasses the students there which are unacceptable,” Noor Muhammad said.

Confirming the incident, Station House Officer Parimpora said that locals from Lawaypora headed by MLA Batamaloo registered a complaint against an army officer for allegedly forcing a youth to pose before camera along with the gun. “We will register FIR once we receive a communiqué from the Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar,” he said.

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