Srinagar: A senior pro-India leader was accused of circulating obscene pictures in a local newspaper’s WhatsApp group, prompting the editor to file a criminal complaint with the police.
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) National Youth President Sanjay Saraf, who unsuccessfully contested two elections from the Habba Kadal assembly constituency in 2008 and 2014, purportedly circulated a series of obscene pictures in a news group run by a local English daily at about 12:51pm, reports and officials said.
The editor of the daily registered a complaint with Shergari police station, seeking initiation of criminal proceedings against Saraf.
“The mainstream leader posted obscene images in the newsgroup from his New Delhi Mobile number 9810080610 this afternoon. His indecent act left me embarrassed,” the editor told Kashmir Reader.
He said he had to face humiliation after receiving calls from the other group members, including civil servants, teachers, hospital employees and some policemen among.
“And when I called the leader to ask him about the obscene images, he dropped the line. This is height of shamelessness,” he said, adding “I hope stringent action is taken against him so that he doesn’t repeat such a shameless act again.”
Forty-four-year-old Sanjay, who shifted to Shivpora from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, hogged headlines last year when a New Delhi-based newspaper reported that he was one of the two emissaries sent by Prime Minister Narinder Modi before the assembly elections to create soft corner for the BJP by convincing resistance leaders that the PM was “committed” to resolving Kashmir issue.
“I have filed a complaint with the Parliament Street police station today at 9:30 am seeking identification of the people who circulated images from my mobile number,” Saraf, who is currently in the Indian capital, told Kashmir Reader over phone.
He said that images have been circulated to at least 20 groups causing immense embarrassment to him.
“If someone has to do such activities, how can he or she use personal mobile for that purpose. I will get to the truth and see the perpetrators are taken to task,” he said.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar, Amit Kumar told Kashmir Reader that a caller informed him about the circulation of the obscene images in his WhatsApp group.
“I asked the caller to file a written complaint. However, I haven’t received the application so far,” he said.
However, sources in the Shergari Police station confirmed that the application seeking legal action against Saraf was received at about 3pm today.