Palhalan traders Wednesday alleged that police is ‘solely responsible’ for the disruption of peace in the area. The ‘Bevopar Mandal’ of North Kashmir’s Palhalan area of Pattan town told CNS that they are incurring huge losses due to mishandling of situation by local police.
The Mandal said that there were no stone-pelting incident in the area from past 3 months but it was police which without any reason violated all the norms of law and damaged the vehicle of one Parvez Ahmed Gojri completely as a result protests amid shutdown sparked in the town.
A delegation from Bevopar Mandal comprised of affluent traders of Palhalan told CNS that the approach of local police especially SDPO and SHO Pattan towards people is totally negative and these officials are directly responsible for the disruption of peace in Palhalan. “We challenge police to quote a simple incident of stone-pelting from past 3 months in Palhalan. Everything was peaceful and we were doing our routine business but suddenly, police indulged in unlawful activity which was not expected from them,” one of the representatives of Bevopar Mandal said.
He said that if Parvez Gojri a driver by profession was wanted by police, he should have been called to police station or there were other methods to trace him. “People were aghast when some policemen damaged his Taveera vehicle completely at a time when the accused was not present in the vehicle. The policemen also caught hold of some locals seeking Gojri’s whereabouts and beat them up without any reason,” Bevopar Mandal said demanding immediate transfer of SDPO and SHO Pattan in the interest of peace in the area.
The Mandal alleged that SDPO Pattan hurled volley of abused on them when they went to meet him. “It was the duty of the officer to listen to them. But contrary, SDPO and an ASI accompanying him used abused language,” the delegation said and assured that peace will prevail in Palhalan once these police officials are removed from the area.
The Mandal said that that Political Advisor to Chief Minister Tanvir Sadiq assured them that action would be taken against erring cops.
When contacted, Tanvir Sadiq told CNS that he assured the Palhalan delegation that nobody will be allowed to spread the reign of terror. “I talked to Deputy Inspector General of Police, North Kashmir who assured me that matter will be resolved within one or two days,” Sadiq said.
DIG, North Kashmir, J.P.Singh told CNS that Bevopar Mandal never approached him. “I assure them that no action will be taken against anyone if they file an affidavit and give us in writing that no stone-pelting incident will occur in future in the area,” he said.
Pertinently, Palhalan residents had staged a protest against alleged police excesses in the area seeking the intervention of Director General of Police.