Srinagar: Opposition National Conference on Wednesday threatened legal action against former top officer of police’s counterinsurgency Special Operations Group, Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, for leveling “serious and baseless” allegations against their working president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over the arrest of senior resistance leader Masrat Alam during the 2010 agitation.
“(Bukhari) has no credibility. We all know who this person is. We all know what he has made his life out of. If you remember, he is the same person, who was garlanded by present Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in Kupwara. But he was so unacceptable to the PDP that their president said that ‘we don’t own him, we don’t know who he is’,” NC spokesman, Junaid Mattu told reporters at a press conference here.
Bukhari, a former SSP Srinagar, has claimed in an interview to a web portal that Omar Abdullah had asked him why he didn’t eliminate Alam instead of arresting him during the 2010 agitation.
“Chief Minister (Abdullah) greeted me but asked on phone ‘why didn’t you bump off (Alam)? Why did you get him alive?’ Though there was only cash reward of Rs 10 Lakh on his head, which I received from the DGP, Abdullah gave me extra of Rs 15 lakh from his own pocket. He also granted out of turn promotion to seven personnel of my team,” Bukhari has said in the interview.
Bukhari has also claimed that the Omar Abdullah government paid him reward money of “Rs 1.50 crore four times by cheque” in recognition of his “outstanding work” and “restoring peace (in 2010) with minimum possible use of force and maximum possible regard for the human rights.”
The NC spokesman said the allegations leveled against Abdullah were “unfounded, baseless, untrue and defamatory in nature”. He said the allegations have been made by a person who has joined the PDP.
“Let us not be so naïve. These allegations have been made by a person who campaigned for PDP in Kupwara. We are contemplating a legal action. We will talk to our lawyers,” the spokesman said.