Jammu man who attempted to unfurl flag a government employee

  • Secretary Academy says police yet to ‘inform us’ about Ghara Ram’s whereabouts

Srinagar: One of the persons who attempted to a unfurl a flag near Ghanta Ghar in Lal Chowk on Friday has been identified as an employee of the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKACL).
Secretary JKACL Dr Aziz Hajni admitted that Ghara Ram, who was detained by the police for trying to unfurl the flag, was a class IV employee in the central secretariat of the academy. Hajni said they got apprehensive after Ghara did not turn up at the office on Friday, and filed a missing report with police station Raj Bagh.
“We got in touch with the hotel where the employee was staying because he did not reply to repeated calls. His room was empty and he could not be located (sic). So we filed the missing report,” Hajni told Kashmir Reader.
According to him, Ghara has reportedly moved to Jammu but the police are yet to contact them regarding the missing report.
On Friday, two Jammu youths attempted to hoist a flag at Ghanta Ghar, inviting the wrath of the people and triggering a shutdown and protests in nearby areas. The duo was identified as Sachin Kumar and Ghara Ram of RS Pora in Jammu. They were detained at police station Maisuma but shifted later to police station Nishat. “The duo was released on Friday evening from police station Nishat but no case was registered against them,” an official said.
On his part, Hajni said they would act against the employee after seeking a report. “We found out through newspapers. We will seek an explanation from him. We will take action against him as warranted under rules,” he said.
A senior official, however, said that Ghara was asked to shift to Jammu and his transfer order would be issued in the next few days: “He was with the annual Darbar move and was staying at a government accommodation at a hotel in Raj Bagh.”
However, Hajni denied that the employee has been transferred to Jammu. “We are yet to know his whereabouts,” he said.