SPO doubles as cabman: Roughs up elderly passenger

SRINAGAR:  An SPO in Jammu and Kashmir Police,  also runs a private Sumo thrashed an elderly person in South Kashmir’s Khayar Ashmaqam area of district Anantag who is battling for life in Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura.

The son of the victim said that SPO Muhammad Ashraf Bhat posted at District Police Lines Anantnag along with his associate Rayees Dar caught hold of his father Abdul Majid 65 Teeli at Khayar Sumo Stand and beat him to pulp after his father (Sumo driver) objected over the presence of the private sumo vehicle (JK02T-2403) of the said SPO in the Khayar Sumo Stand.

“My father who is a Sumo driver objected after the SPO Ashraf Bhat parked his Sumo in the Stand. This infuriated Bhat and he along with his associate pounced on my father and thrashed him mercilessly. My father suffered a serious head injury and is battling for life in SKIMS where he is admitted vide MRD number 817445,” the son of victim Sajad Ahmed said.

He said people in the area fail to understand how an SPO is being allowed to operate as private Sumo driver. “He is misusing his police uniform and is trying to occupy the Khayar Sumo Stand,” he said.

“After lodging and FIR in police station Ashmuqam, I was shocked when Investigating Officer Head Constable Ghulam Mohuddin slapped me thrice without any reason. He (IO) directed me to take his complaint back which I refused. I approached SP Anantang who sought detailed report from SHO Ashmuqam,” he said adding that Investigating Officer is using all ways and means to harass him and his family.

When Contacted SHO Ashmuqam said that they will produce a challan in coming days. “We have already registered an FIR vide number 60/2014 under section 341, 323 of RPC and are waiting for the medical report,” he said adding that he will enquire into the matter for which reasons IO thrashed the complainant. “We will hand over the case to another Investigating Officer, if the complainant wishes,” SHO said.

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