Srinagar: Police have registered a case against “unnamed protestors/organisers” for damaging public property in Srinagar’s Parimpora area after militant commander Mugees Ahmad was killed on November 17.
Srinagar police chief Imtiyaz Ismail Parray confirmed to Kashmir Reader that an FIR has been registered and the “process is going on”.
“We are taking legal course as public property in form of tree guards and other infrastructure was damaged,” Parray said. “We have to go by the law after it was amended,” he said.
Protests had erupted as soon as reports reached Parimpora in Srinagar that local militant Mugees Ahmad had died after being injured in a shootout in Zakura area.
A senior police officer, requesting anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to media, told Kashmir Reader, “The protestors damaged dozens of tree guards along the Qamarwari-Parimpora road stretch. There was damage to other public property as well. Everything has been identified and named in the FIR registered at police station Parimpora.”
Police officials said that it was the first such FIR registered after the JK Governor promulgated the Jammu and Kashmir Public Property (Prevention of Damage) Ordinance, 2017. The ordinance makes damage to either public or private property, and even calling for a strike or protest in which such damage is done, punishable under law.
“Investigations are on and the court will decide about the case. It is public property and people responsible for it will have to pay for the damages,” the senior police officer said.
The ordinance, according to the government, was enacted to achieve the following twin objectives: (i) to make punishable mischief to public and private property due to direct action; and (ii) to make any person calling for direct action liable for abetment of such offence.