Srinagar – Panic gripped Kak Sarai area of Srinagar on Friday when people came on roads and raised anti-police slogans after the news that Mohalla president and vice president were beaten to pulp by two unidentified persons inside police station Karan Nagar in presence of a police officer. Mohalla president, Ghulam Mohammad Sofi, confirmed that he was thrashed by two civilians in presence of a police officer who acted as a mute spectator inside the police station.
Eyewitnesses said the collision between two vehicles near Kak Sarai created chaos when the two unidentified youth who were driving a Zen came out of the vehicle and started beating the driver of a Santro car. I was walking along the roadside when a Santro collided with a Zen. Two youth from the Zen came out and thrashed the owner of the Santro. When the people intervened, the youths made a phone call and in no time an officer arrived and started thrashing everybody who tried to save the Santro driver, said one of the witnesses.
The timely intervention of some policemen brought the situation under control. Soon after the Mohalla president Ghulam Mohammad Sofi and Vice President Abdul Ahad Sofi were called to Karan Nagar police station. As we reached the police station, the two civilians whom I didnt know thrashed us saying that we supported the Santro driverr. I was shocked that a police officer in whose presence we were beaten didnt bother to intervene, said Ghulam Mohammad
He said one of the youths took out a rod from the vehicle and tried to hit him but the timely intervention of some constables saved his life. As the word about the thrashing of Mohalla president spread, people came on the roads while the shopkeepers downed their shutters. People raised anti-police and anti-establishment slogans. Senior police officials visited the spot and assured the people an action against the culprits.
SHO Karan Nagar, Basharat Ahmed, it was a misunderstanding that had been resolved. When asked about the allegations levelled by the mohalla president, the SHO said he didnt know anything about that.
When contacted, Director General of Police Ashok Prasad said he would look into the matter. ” I will definitely look into the matter,” he said.
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