Srinagar: J&K police on Sunday said that Tanvir Ahmad War alias Binda War of Drangbal, Baramulla presently lodged in Central Jail Srinagar was actively involved in 2016 unrest in old town Baramulla who had been “moving around on the tri-cycle provided to him earlier by Army as a goodwill gesture”.
“He spearheaded violent mob-violence in Baramulla Town pushing young boys on forefront of trouble endangering their lives. He would decorate his tri-cycle with Pakistani flags and make announcements from Public Address Systems instigating people for violence,” police alleged in a statement rebutting the statement of JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik regarding the specially-abled prisoner.
“On one occasion,” the police statement said, “he with the help of his gang hijacked 4 tippers loaded with stones and got them unloaded on roads of old town Baramulla to block these roads so that police was prevented to act against the miscreants.”
“Moreover, this person has been continuously involved in instigating and engineering violence in Baramulla since 2008. In year 2008, he compelled and forced Sheikh Aziz to lead the procession who at the advice of many stakeholders wanted to return back from Sheeri Baramulla. The accused who was atop a truck threatened the slain leader with dire consequences and told him if he could march ahead with disabilities, what excuse had the leader had? This person despite his disability has been making good use of his tri-cycle to travel and headed a gang of stone pelters who would help him in undertaking his antisocial activities.
He is involved in 16 cases of instigating and engineering mob and street violence,” the police statement added.
Malik on Saturday said the imposition of arbitrary laws such as Public Safety Act (PSA) on a differently-abled person is a glaring example of “mental bankruptcy of so-called rulers”.
He asked, “How can a man who is not able to walk two steps on his feet be implicated in stone-pelting cases and sent to jail on PSA?”