Police ‘refuses’ filing FIR against army in Khag

Police ‘refuses’ filing FIR against army in Khag
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Budgam: A family in Khag area of central district Budgam alleged that police have refused to file a case against a local unit of army that allegedly thrashed the family members during a nocturnal raid. The incident has taken place during the night intervening Friday and Saturday last week.
Family members of Assadullah Khan, 85, of Lassipora village told Kashmir Reader over phone that the approached the Khag police station with a plea to file first information report (FIR) against 53-RR. They said that the army personnel thrashed the family members and injured six of them.
“We submitted an application at the police station (a copy of which is with Kashmir Reader) on the same night when the assault took place. The police initially assured that an FIR will be lodged against the army,” schoolteacher Riyaz Ahmad Khan said.
He said police directed them to report on Tuesday to get the FIR copy. “However, after meeting a police officer and army personnel, we were left disappointed,” he said.
“All of our family members visited police station today and after having a conversation with police they did not entertained our complaint. We were totally hopeless,” he added.
“Police instead of investigating the case asked the army officials to provide details,” he said.
SSP Budgam Tejinder Singh said that police have not received any application for filing FIR.
“SDPO Magam was with them today. They are sorting out their problem. We are in touch with the family,” he said.
Khan’s family alleged that they were ruthlessly beaten up by the army at midnight. They alleged that soldiers banged the door of their home and barged inside to thrash all family members including 85-year-old family head.
Other family members–Riyaz Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Umar khan, Assadullah Khan, Mohammad Maqbool Khan and Gulzar Ahmad Khan—were also wounded in the assault.
Meanwhile, the local unit of teacher’s forum condemned the police approach and said that a meeting will be held on Friday to chalk out protest schedule against the act.



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