Srinagar: A cab driver was beaten up Saturday allegedly by police in Kohnakhan area of Dalgate here sparking protests by his family.
Riyaz Ahmed Shangloo, the cab driver was allegedly beaten up in full public glare at the KohnaKhan, Dalgate here after an altercation over car parking turned ugly, eyewitnesses said Saturday. The cops led by an officer also allegedly used abusive language and tried to bundle him in a police van. The incident triggered protests by the cabbie’s family.
“I was home when my friends informed me that my car is being taken away. I thought that the thieves were stealing it. However, when I reached the spot, I saw a posse of policemen trying to take away my car,” Riyaz, who was flanked by his elderly father Ali Mohammad, told reporters at the Press Colony, Lal Chowk here on Saturday afternoon.
He said that the cops started abusing and beating him without listening to him. He said the cops also threatened to send him to Kot Balwal jail.
“They treated me like an animal,” he said, while pointing to the bruises on his body.
“The cops dragged me and tried to push me into the van. Had my father not come to my rescue, they would have beaten me to death,” Riyaz added.
He alleged that the cops also robbed him of Rs 8200, a golden chain and an imported watch.
Riyaz’s father, Ali Mohammad said that on seeing his son getting ‘mercilessly beaten’, he tried to persuade and plead before the officer. However, the cops, he said, were unmoved.
“I pleaded before the SHO. I asked him why my son was getting a beating. I asked him if my son had committed a murder. However, the officer remained silent as his men hit my son with batons and gun butts,” he said.
Superintendent of Police (SP) north, Tahir Saleem Khan told Kashmir Reader that he has ordered an enquiry to look into the matter. He said strict action will be initiated if any of the policemen were found guilty.
“The enquiry will be held by the SDPO. We’ll verify if the allegations against our officer are true. No one is above the law. Action will be taken if anyone found guilty,” he added.