Masked men harass locals in Sumbal

Police clueless, locals aghast

IMRAN MUZAFFAR

Bandipora, Feb 11: Unidentified masked and armed persons have been harassing people and looting passersby in this north Kashmir area of Shilwat Sumbal for past over two months, locals alleged.
 “They are always veiled and loot passengers on gun-point. This has created fear in the whole area,” said Javeed Ahmad Sofi, a local.
 Few days ago, the locals said the armed men in civvies snatched Rs 80,000 from a trader when he was coming back from Sumbal.
 “The trader saved his life by giving everything to them,” said another resident, Farooq Ahmad. “We never know who will be their next target. These looters carry out the criminal activities without any fear,” he said.  
 The locals said the looters are also active along the Srinagar-Sumbal Road. “We are living under constant fear. However, police and district administration is acting as mute spectators,” the locals said.
 The Station House Officer, Police Station Sumbal, Muhammad Ashraf however refuted the allegations. “We have never received any complaint from locals or passengers regarding the harassment or loot. If any such incident would have occurred in our jurisdiction, the victims would have filed a complaint with us,” the SHO said.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 11 Feb 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 11 Feb 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 12 Feb 2012 00:00:00 IST




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