Police on Saturday said that it has not registered an FIR particularly against Mobile Magistrate Manzoor Ahmed Khan for directing traffic cops to stop an ambulance ferrying a patient Abdul Rehman Dar that led to his death, local news gatherer CNS reported.
Reacting to protest demonstrations by Bar Association Baramulla against the police and MLA Langete, Deputy Inspector General North Kashmir J P Singh said they have mentioned several accused in the FIR vide number 249/2013 under section 341. “This FIR was not lodged particularly against Mobile Magistrate but against several traffic cops as well,” Singh said adding that police had no option but to take action after MLA Langete as a citizen lodged a formal complaint against the incident in police station. “We will seek the permission from the HC when we will call him (Mobile Magistrate) into police station or arrest him,” Singh said.
Bar Association Baramulla staged a protest against police and MLA Langete demanding immediate withdrawal of FIR against Mobile Magistrate. Ghulam Mohinddin, its president said the Mobile Magistrate was falsely implicated in the case as there was no patient in the ambulance. He said there was no need to lodge an FIR when High Court had already appointed Principal and District Sessions Judge Rashid Ali Dar as inquiry officer.
“Ambulance was stopped by traffic cops and not by the Mobile Magistrate. Police violated all norms by implicating a Mobile Magistrate without the consent of High Court,” Sheikh M Ashraf, another senior lawyer said. “Er Rashid was not present on the spot.”
However, Er Rashid said though he was not personally present on the spot but being a responsible citizen it is his right to show concern on such shameful acts. “I appeal to the police department to convert the section of FIR from 341 to 302. These people are sheltering a person who is responsible for the murder of an innocent citizen,” Rashid said.
Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Ghulam Ahmed Kwaja said the inquiry into the incident is going on and guilty will not be spared. The inquiry was initiated after family of a 60-year-old cardiac patient, Abdul Rahman Dar, of Handwara alleged that Dar died on Wednesday due to delay in treatment because the mobile magistrate stopped it near Seelu in Sopore citing the Supreme Court order. Police have already recorded the statement of the ambulance driver.