After thrashing by army SDM Dooru writes to police for registration of FIR

After thrashing by army SDM Dooru writes to police for registration of FIR
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Srinagar: Sub District Magistrate (SDM) Dooru who was allegedly “dragged by collar, kicked and abused” by army personnel as he tried to save his driver from their assault on the Srinagar-Jammu highway on Tuesday has written to police for registration of an FIR.

In a complaint send to SHO Police Station Qazigund, the SDM stated that the army personnel deployed on the highway had stopped all the civilian traffic despite Tuesday having been declared a restricted day for army convoys in a recent government order.

“After introducing myself to the army personnel at Ujroo we were allowed to move towards Vessu but at Dalwach Crossing near under construction bridge, we were again stopped by some army personnel and asked not to proceed forward unless the Army convoy passes/ends. Accordingly, my driver stopped the vehicle and we were on halt,” he said.


Despite this, the SDM said, one of the army personnel Viney Kumar beat his driver ruthlessly besides damaging the government vehicle.

The SDM said he tried to intervene, pleading “that I am Sub Divisional Magistrate Dooru and I have been called by District Magistrate who is waiting for me at Vessu to identify parking spaces for halted trucks in order to make the National Highway free from obstructions so that both the security  and civilian vehicles have a hustle  free travel.”

The SDM alleged, that the army men grabbed him by the “collar, abused and dragged (me)upto about 20 meters” and thrashed him at gunpoint. “My cell phone and driver’s cell phone were snatched and broken into pieces Further, the said Army  man with other two army men got my other employees down from the vehicle and thrashed them ruthlessly and their cell phones were also snatched and damaged.”

He said, “all of us were taken hostage on gunpoint for about half an hour and our vehicle and other belongings were searched, snatched and damaged and all the data about the election was deleted.”

The army personnel removed safety locks of their weapons and aimed guns at us, threatening to kill us and it was only after the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag reached the spot that “we were set free,” he said.

“It is requested that FIR be lodged against the security personnel under the relevant provisions of law for manhandling, intimidating and resorting to violence against the undersigned and my officials and obstructing us from performing our official duties including that of election duties,” SDM Dooru wrote in a letter to Station House Officer Qazigund.