Former SSP Srinagar Ashiq Bukhari Wednesday questioned ex-Chief Minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah for calling him ‘killer’ despite rewards from time to time “for arresting Masrat Alam and bring down killings during his tenure.”
“When I took over as SSP Srinagar City in 2010, agitation was at its peak and Masrat Alam was one among the protesters. It took us two months to arrest him and we were given Rs 15 lakh as award while seven other policemen were rewarded with departmental promotion out of turn by Omar Abdullah,” Bukhari, now retired, told GNS.
“During my tenure as SSP, killings stopped and we were appreciated and given Rs 1.5 crores awards from time to time,” Bukhari said and questioned Omar for calling him ‘killer’ during electioneering of last year’s assembly polls which led to ouster of National Conference led government in the state.
“During elections, Omar said I was responsible for killings and how Omar declared me as killer when rewarding me and my team,” Bukhari said.
Along with Masrat Alam, Bukhari said, police arrested fifteen hundred youths in separate raids in Kashmir Valley.
“He was simply an agitator and there is nothing dreaded about him. When others were released, there is nothing bad about releasing him (Masrat Alam),” Bukahri said and refuted reports attributed to him regarding Masrat Alam in section of press.