‘DSP allows blue-eyed illegal constructions, opens fire on ordinarily people sans provocation’
SRINAGAR: Ruling PDP minister Imran Ansari on Monday rebutted LAWDA enforcement officer’s charges of “abusing and threatening to kill” him for demolishing illegal constructions in prohibited area around Dal Lake while divisional administration told high court that it has sealed concreting laid for foundation for an “illegal” structure by BJP legislator Ajatshatru Singh at Gupkar here.
“The respondent (Ansari) who happens to be the elected representative of the people more particularly being religious cleric have been informed that while discharging the duties, the enforcement officer (a DySP) is employing pick and chose methodology and is letting various blue eyed and highhanded persons to raise the illegal constructions,” Ansari, minister for Information Technology, Technical Education and Youth Services & Sports, said in reply to court direction last month.
“(The DySP) is using excessive force beyond his competence and jurisdiction against the general masses besides has in addition to using of tear smoke shells and other mob disbursing weapons opened fire/live ammunition without any provocation or any illegal act upon the people which has been reported to various authorities hereinbefore as well that prompted respondents to enquire from enforcement Officer LAWDA,” Asnsari said as he rejected as baseless the claims by the DySP that he called him on August 2 and threatened to kill him besides using unparliamentary language for taking action against those who had raised illegal constructions at Lashkari Mohalla near Habak on Dal peripheries.
“No sooner the respondent (Ansari) disclosed identity upon telephone, the enforcement officer used and hurled abusive language after (I) humbly enquired from (him) with regard to firing incident upon which (he) used abusive, foul, insulting and offensive language against (me) and (my) deceased father as well,” Ansari said in the ‘statement of fact’ filed by him through his counsel and urged the court to proceed against the DySP, Suhail Hussain Reshi, for ‘wrong information’.
“The statement of facts/response (filed) in the open court by (Ansari) is taken on record. Copy of (it) be provided to Suhail Hussain Reshi, Dy. SP, LAWDA (who) shall file his reply to (it) before the next date,” a division bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey said.
The bench had sought the response from Ansari after court-appointed commissioners produced a communication which was sent by the DySP to Vice Chairman LAWDA on August 4 regarding the minister’s ‘misbehavior’. The court has already barred government from transferring the cop till further orders by it.
Meanwhile, divisional Commissioner Kashmir filed a compliance report that concreting laid for foundation by Ajatshatru Singh, the grandson of J&K’s last king, Hari Singh, has been sealed (black painted).
He said that the sealed portion is kept under the ‘superdari’ of Deputy Commissioner Srinagar through Mohammad Yaseen, Naib Tehsildar Buchwara. The report about the construction by the BJP legislator was also reported to the court by the commissioners—Mohammad Shafi Khan (retired session judge) and Abdul Hamid Bhat (former SSP).
Advocate B. M. Sadiq, who appeared on behalf of Ajat Shatru Singh, asked to file response by next date of hearing in the week commencing September 26.