Court Grants Bail To 2 SMC Employees   


Srinagar- A local court on Wednesday granted bail to two SMC employees who were arrested for demolishing a traffic booth and allegedly assaulting traffic personnel on duty in city on Tuesday.

Court of city judge/JMIC Srinagar, Ajay Kumar in an order said “The accused persons namely Niyaz Ahmad and Ovais Farooq have been arrested in the case under FIR no; 06 0f 2023 under sections 353, 120B, 506 and 364 IPC on 07-02-2023. Offences under section 364 IPC is not made out against the accused persons. At most, the offence under section 363 IPC can be said to be made out in the case which is bailable, the rest of the offences in question are not very severely punished.”

While disposing the prayer of remand application by police, Court in an order, said “The accused persons are the government officials and there is no threat of them fleeing the course of justice. The facts and circumstances of the case are such that there is no need for their further interrogation by the police.”

The court further said that the prayer for remand by the police of the accused persons is refused and the accused persons are directed to be released on bail on furnishing personal bond and surety bond before the court in the sum of Rs 50,000 provided they are not required in any other case, court said.  The accused shall cooperate with the investigation officer in the investigation of the case and shall not threaten any prosecution witness.

Meanwhile, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has started enquiry into the matter of Niyaz Ahmad Gabroo I/C Ward Officer Ward No. 30 and Ovais Farooq Khan Tax Assistant Ward 30 and have also put them under suspension. Ghulam Hassan Mir, Joint Commissioner Planning SMC, shall do the detailed enquiry and submit a detailed report within 7 days, SMC said.

The Police had earlier stated that “An incident has come to notice wherein one SMC employee aggrieved by challan on not having HSRP, came back and broke a traffic booth with others, later assaulted traffic personnel on duty. In this regard FIR has been registered in Shergari PS against delinquent SMC employees.”

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Syed Mohammad Burhan

Syed Mohammad Burhan has Masters in Mass Communications and works as City Reporter at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @syedmohammad313

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