DC Pulwama orders inquiry into ‘thrashing’ of ambulance driver by forces

SRINAGAR: Two days after an ambulance driver alleged beatings by forces, the district magistrate, Pulwama, has ordered an inquiry into the incident to be completed in a week’s time.

As per the order issued by District Magistrate Raghav Langer, Altaf Khan, Additional District Magistrate, Pulwama, has been designated as the Inquiry Officer.

“As per the communication received from District Magistrate Shopian vide NO. DMS/PA/2020/581-84 dated 18.05.2020, mentioning that one Tariq Ahmad of Reben Shopian, Ambulance Driver (JK22-8441 SDH Zainpora Shopian) was allegedly beaten up by policemen at the Naka Point near Lyceum School Pulwama on evening of May 17,” the order reads.

The order further said, “…whereas reportedly thereafter he was immediately shifted in another ambulance to district Hospital Shopian for necessary treatment. Now, therefore Altaf Ahmad Khan…is hereby designated as Inquiry officer who shall conduct an inquiry into the incident and shall furnish his conclusion within a week time positively.”

The driver, Tariq Ahmad from Shopian alleged that he was on COVID-19 emergency duty when he was stopped at a naka by the forces and beaten.

“I was sent to Pulwama to pick two quarantined people. After I picked one, I reached to the circuit road, where policemen were present. They told me to take another route, and road is closed. But after I saw a vehicle coming from the same road, which they told me is closed, I again requested to please allow me to go. They told me to take alternative route. When I objected to it, one policeman came and hit me with stick. I was beaten,” newspaper The Tribune quoted Tariq as saying. “I informed my seniors about the incident,” added Ahmad.

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