Govt Weapons In Militant Hands: PDP MLA Alleges Police Harassment

SRINAGAR — Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislator Aijaz Mir on Thursday alleged harassment at the hands of the police during questioning into weapons loot by an SPO from his official residence at Jawahar Nagar Srinagar.

Taking to social media, Mir alleged that a policeman abused him while leveling serious allegations and accusations against his family. 

“Is this a policing? How can a Munshi (policeman), of Rajbagh police station, abuse a legislator in front of dozens of other policemen? And then went on leveling serious allegations, accusations against his family as well. Is this how Police probes things here by humiliating even legislators and start levelling baseless allegations? (sic)” Mir wrote on Facebook.

 “Today, the families of my PSOs and my aides went to see the incarcerated cops at the police station during which a cop there abused me and levelled serious allegations against me,” he said.

As a fallout to the weapon loot last Friday, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has decided that Special Police Officers (SPOs) will not be deployed for personal security of protected persons anymore.

The order comes in the wake of an SPO, posted in personal security of PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir, deserting the force and taking along seven AK rifles and one person pistol of the lawmaker.

SPO Adil Bashir has since joined militant group Hizbul Mujahideen.

An order issued by Additional Director General of Police (Security) Muneer Ahmad Khan said, “It is hereby ordered that henceforth no unit/SsP shall deploy any Special Police Oficer (SPO) for Personal Security Officer (PSO) duties and all SPOs (except SPO drivers) presently attached with protected persons be immediately withdrawn”.

Khan said it has been observed that some SPOs are performing PSO duties with protected persons, which is not in accordance with security norms as SPOs are not trained to perform PSO duties.

Khan also directed all range DIGs to furnish a list of all SPOs withdrawn from PSO duties by 5 October, 2018.

“In case any SPO does not report back, (his) honorarium may not be released and nominal roll of such SPOs be furnished to this headquarters so that their disengagement orders are issued,” Khan added.

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