Youth ‘Forced’ to Pose With AK-47 Rifle

Srinagar:  MLA Batmaloo and residents of Lawyapora area have sought  filing of an FIR against an army officer who allegedly forced a local youth to pose with an AK 47 rifle.

MLA Batamaloo Noor Muhammad and the residents of Lawaypora Monday wrote a letter to SSP Srinagar Amit Kumar alleging that an Army party headed by an  officer from Sharifabad camp forcibly took a local youth to a nearby paddy field and photographed him along with their service rifles and grenades.

According to reports , a young man , Waheed Ahmed Malik, was forced by an Army officer to pose for cameras with an AK 47 rifle and grenades.      

It was stated that that on  the 14th of  August this month, an Army party from Sharifabad camp arrested three youth from Lawaypora locality after they allegedly wrote graffiti urging people to observe August 15 (India’s Independence Day) as a  Black Day. The youth, after questioning, were immediately released by the Army. 

Malik son of late Abdul Razak said  that during late hours on Sunday, the same Army party led by an officer caught hold of him and took him to a nearby paddy field. “I was ordered to pose for photographs along with their service rifles. After taking my photographs, the officer threatened me of dire consequences and even told me that he knew how to deal with people like me,” Malik said.

Malik reportedly informed his family and friends about the incident who in turn, brought the issue into the notice of local legislator and PDP leader Noor Muhammad. “I immediately rushed to Lawaypora and we all approached police station Parimpora and informed the officials there about the unfortunate incident,” Noor Muhammad said.

“In the letter that we have forwarded to SSP Srinagar, we have sought the removal of the officer and immediate registration of FIR against him. We have also highlighted the anti-people actions that this officer has been indulging in the area. He even enters into schools and harasses the students there, which is unacceptable,” Noor Muhammad said.

Confirming the incident, Station House Officer Parimpora said that locals from Lawaypora headed by MLA Batamloo registered a complaint against an army officer for allegedly forcing a youth to pose before camera along with the gun. “We will register FIR once we receive a communiqué from the Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar,” he said.

When contacted an officer from Kilo Force said that he would look into the matter and ascertain the facts. CNS

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