Cash For Release: J&K BJP Leader, Sarpanch Arrested For Extortion

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Srinagar- The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday arrested a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and a Sarpanch in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district for allegedly extorting Rs1 lakh from a woman to secure her detained brother’s release.

The BJP district president, Bandipora, Abdul Rehman Tikri and Manzoor Ahmed, a Sarpanch were arrested by police on Thursday for collecting Rs.1 lakh from the sister of a detained youth on the promise of securing his release, a senior police officer told Kashmir Observer.

“Both of them have been arrested. The investigation in the case is going on. The charge sheet will be filed soon,” he said.

Giving more details of the case, the officer said that 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.”

“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.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravindra Raina has relieved Tikri of his post as district president and other party responsibilities with immediate effect.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

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

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