Srinagar: A group of residents from Gadool village of Kokarnag area in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district held a protest demonstration alleging a police officer is threatening villagers and demanding bribes. Among the protesters at the press enclave here was a government teacher Farooq Ahmed Magray who alleged that the Station House Officer Kokarnag has let loose a reign of terror in the area.
Magray while displaying torture marks on his body told local news agency CNS that he became a soft target of the police after he got a police sub-inspector arrested at the hands of Vigilance Organization. “I am being called to police station Kokarnag on daily basis and recently during agitation a retired Assistant Sub-Inspector informed me that SHO Kokarnag is intending to book you under Public Safety Act and demanded Rs 50,000 to save the skin. I afforded only Rs 10,000,” he claimed and added that after few day’s this ‘police broker’ again approached him and demanded more money. “When I refused to pay anything, I was booked in a criminal case. SHO Kokarnag refused to accept the bail granted by the court. I was mercilessly beaten up,” he alleged.
Terming the allegations baseless, Station House Officer Kokarnag Tariq Yousuf said that more than 8 cases stand registered against the teacher since 2002 in the police station and most of the cases are related to section 354 (outraging modesty of woman) and rioting. He said Farooq Ahmed was a former militant and had been also booked under 7/25 Arms Act. Recently, he was arrested for beating up a woman. The bail he submitted was not valid. There is nothing personal against him,” he said.