SRINAGAR: Independent MLA Er Rasheed has strongly condemned sate police for using photograph of a civilian trader and claiming it to be the photograph of the accused militant on whose head police had fixed an award of Rs 10 lakh.
MLA Langate and President Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) asked DG police to seek unconditional apology from Irfan Ahmad Shah of Bumhama Kupwara whose photo has been used in the posters pasted across Sopore with reward of 10 lakh on his head.
MLA sought compensation for the damages caused to Shahs image. Why should not top police brass, whosoever are involved in this stage managed drama, be sacked? It is not only question of causing embarrassment to Irfan but also ample evidence to prove that police has lost its credibility and why should somebody believe on day to day claims being made by police especially with reference to militancy related incidents, fiery MLA questioned.
Er Rashid demanded that besides those who have approved publishing of the photograph of Irfan, the SP Kupwara should also be taken to task for keeping Irfan along with other respectable persons at police station Kupwara for the whole day. It is worth mentioning that Irfan along with respectable persons of his village had approached SP Kupwara to bring the facts to his notice but rather than apologizing to Irfan, the said SSP made him to wait for the whole day at his office with full humiliation, the lawmaker said.
Er Rashid appealed to CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to take quick and stern action against all those involved in this heinous crime and added that possibility of a fake encounter to kill Irfan could not have been ruled out, had he had not presented himself before the police and police officials would have felt no shame in grabbing the so called award of Rs 10 lacs.
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