Attack On Dy Sarpanch A Publicity Stunt: Police

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SRINAGAR: The attack on a deputy sarpanch in Kupwara on Wednesday was an elaborate hoax played by the rural representative for publicity and settling scores with  rivals, the police said today.  

“No one shot him. We have released the three persons whom we had arrested, and it has been proved that deputy sarpanch Noor Muhammad Khan had no bullet injuries. He had simply enacted a drama,” the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) for headquarters in Kupwara, said.

“Investigations showed that Khan had some personal rivalry with a number of persons in Batpora, and he enacted the drama to become famous overnight,” the DSP said.

“The motive behind his action is not so clear yet, but the police believes that he tried to kill two birds with one stone. First, he tried to implicate his opponents in a false case, and second, he might have thought that he would get publicity and security,” he said.

“We have not arrested the deputy sarpanch yet, as we are waiting for the forensic report on his injury. We will act as soon as we receive the report,” he said. 

Khan had claimed on Wednesday that he was fired upon by some assailants early in the morning when entering a mosque for dawn prayers. He had given some names to the police which arrested three persons, Mohammad Maqbool Khan, Abdul Rashid Khan and Manzoor Ahmed Khan all from Batpora, Kupwara, in the case.

In its investigations, the police have also questioned the chief medical officer (CMO) for Kupwara, Dr Abdul Khaliq.

When contacted, the doctor said that the causality ward had been crowded when Khan was brought to hospital by his associates.

“We could not determine whether or not it was a bullet injury, the CMO said.

“We have collected samples of his injuries and handed them over to the police. Khan was bleeding when brought to the hospital,” he said.  

“(Without a forensic report) it is difficult to say whether his injury was caused by a bullet,” he said.

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