Law Officer Harassed by Police: A Tale of Two Embarrassments


SRINAGAR: In a major embarrassment to both the Law Secretary Muhammad Ashraf Mir,  and the Government police  allegedly barred him from entering his office at the civil secretariat during the chief minister’s movement on Thursday.

Mir siad that not only he was prevented from entering his office at Secretariat gate but also SHO allegedly seized his official car bearing number- JK02BK- 1354.

 “I told the SHO that I am a Law Secretary, but the SHO did not pay any heed and did not let me go and stopped me there, citing CM’s movement as a reason. He seized my car with me sitting inside it and took it to the police station. At police station, he asked me to come out and go wherever I want,” Mir said.

According to sources, soon after the incident Mir along with his law department employees protested inside the secretariat and demanded stern action against the SHO. The officials Secretariat demanded an immediate inquiry and dismissal of the police officials who took the law secretary to police station for unknown reasons.

Mir also met CM and apprised him about the incident.

 “If this can happen to the law secretary of state,” “then the fate of a common man can only be imagined in Kashmir”, ‘an official working in the Civil Secretariat said.

As the news spread, IGP Kashmir SJM Gilani rushed to the spot to pacify the agitating employees. He also met Mir and sort of apologised with him on  the junior cop’s behaviour. 

DIG Police Central Kashmir, GH Bhat, said  that SHO was immediately transferred to the district police headquarter and another police official was attached to the police station. “Police did not detain Law Secretary but was asked to come out of his car after he had heated argument with police personnel on duty,” Bhat said.

Meanwhile, SSP Srinagar Amit Kumar said that  that  an inquiry has been initiated into the matter.

“When CM’s motorcade moves, at that time police has to stop every other vehicle so that CM’s motorcade does not face any inconvenience. We have started inquiry into the matter regarding the Law Secretary and we are yet to know the findings,” he added.

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