Woman Cop Fired, Arrested For ‘Glorifying Militancy’

Srinagar: Police on Friday sacked and arrested a woman special police officer (SPO) for allegedly glorifying militancy and obstructing an anti-militancy operation in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

The SPO Saima Akther, daughter of Ghulam Nabi Rah of Frisal was arrested and terminated from services after she allegedly disrupted an input driven anti-militancy operation of government forces in Karewa Mohallah of the Frisal area on April 14, a police spokesperson said Friday. The woman cop, he said, obstructed the search party to discharge their duty during the search operation.

“The lady resisted the search party and turned violent and uttered statements glorifying violent actions of militants. She captured a video through her personal phone and uploaded it on social media platforms for dissemination with the intent of disrupting the search operation,” the police spokesperson said.

Taking cognizance of the matter, he said, the policewoman has been arrested and subsequently terminated from service.

He further said that regarding the incident, a case FIR No 19/2021 U/S 353 IPC, 13 ULA (P) Act stands registered in Police Station Yaripora and investigation of case is in progress.

Mehbooba Terms Police Action ‘Cruelty’

Meanwhile PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said when it comes to cruelty “even women aren’t spared in Naya Kashmir” as she reacted to the arrest of a woman special police officer (SPO) from Kulgam district for allegedly glorifying militancy.

“Saima Akhter from Kulgam has been slapped with UAPA for raising legitimate questions about searching her home repeatedly without any reasons. Saima’s ailing mother understandably exacerbated her worries. When it comes to cruelty even women aren’t spared in Naya Kashmir,” Mufti said in a tweet.

CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami termed the arrest and disengagement of the woman SPO as a step taken in haste. He said that instead of lodging FIR and taking harsh measures such incidents must be dealt with persuasion.

Apparently this incident is an outburst of anger and should have not been dealt with harshly.

Alleged harassment of common people is the reason for such incidents, Tarigami alleged.


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