BJP Leader, Sarpanch Booked For Taking Rs 1L For Jailed Youth’s Release

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Srinagar- The Jammu and Kashmir Police have registered an FIR against a Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader and a Sarpanch in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district for “unlawfully” collecting Rs. 1 lakh in falsely ensuring release of a jailed youth.

The BJP district president, Bandipora, Abdul Rehman Tikri and Manzoor Ahmed, a Sarpanch had unlawfully collected Rs.1 lakh from the sister of an incarcerated youth on the promise of securing his release, a police official told Kashmir Observer Wednesday.

As per the official, a few days back, the cops from Police Station Bandipora had rounded up an alleged criminal namely Aqib Khursheed and detained him at the police station.

“However, despite police’s assurances of a fair probe, the family members had approached BJP district president Abdul Rehman Tikri for ensuring their ward’s release.” he said.

The two accused Tikri and Manzoor, the official noted, were approached by Aqib’s sister who’d requested them to help her in ensuring her brother’s early release.

“The duo had then demanded Rs. 1 lakh in exchange for her brother’s release.” the official said. “However, almost four days back, we received word of mouth about the incident, which prompted us to verify the legitimacy of the incident.”

The official further added, “On further investigation, it was revealed that the duo had collected the amount and promised the lady of her brother’s early release. The said amount has already been seized and an FIR No 64 u/s 420 IPC has been registered in this regard.”

However, the two accused are out on anticipatory bail as the investigation in the matter is currently going on.

“If the two accused are proven guilty, they’ll be strictly dealt with under the laid down provisions of law. J&K Police once again reiterates that if anyone is found guilty in such crimes, we won’t spare them come what may.” the official added.

Notably, u/s 420 IPC, If anyone is found guilty, they shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to a fine.

It is pertinent to mention here that the J&K Police has already recorded the statements of two accused & the detained youth’s sister and the further investigation is currently going on.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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