Police overrule CM’s general amnesty to stone-pelters of 2010 unrest

Barzulla family seeks Omar Abdullah’s intervention

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Jan 15: Notwithstanding Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah’s general amnesty for stone pelters involved in 2010 unrest, a Barzulla family on Tuesday accused police of demanding money for withdrawing cases of stone pelting against their sons.  
 “Even CM had announced general amnesty for stone pelters, but police are still harassing my wards,” alleged Ghulam Muhammad Beigh, father of Waseem Ahmed Beigh against whom police has launched a manhunt for his alleged involvement in a stone pelting case.
 “Last year police demanded one lakh rupees for clearing name of my son from stone pelters list. Now some police officers are demanding two lakh rupees. Police is harassing us continuously for past one week despite knowing that our son is in Bangladesh. They raided and ransacked our house last night to pressurize us to pay money,” he alleged.
 Beigh’s wife Aisha Begum also accused police of harassment. “Policemen dragged my son Bilal Ahmed from our house up to main road. They beat him mercilessly. When I tried to save him, the cops hit me on head… We both fell unconscious,” Aisha said.
 She said Bilal was operated in 2010 and one of his kidneys was removed when he was hit by bullet during protests.
 The aggrieved family had approached Sadder police station for registering FIR against the accused cops who allegedly thrashed them. “They refused to register FIR and even threatened us of dire consequences if  we did not leave the spot,” the family alleged.
 Beigh family and scores of their neighbors on Tuesday tried to block the Srinagar Airport road and sought intervention of the CM to put an end to harassment.  “However, police thwarted our peaceful march,” they said. 
 When contacted SDPO, Saddar police station Feroz Qadri said seven FIRs have been registered against three youth of the family. “Let them bailout their children. We have nothing personal against them. We have to proceed according to the law,” the SDPO said. 
 Pertinently in August of 2011, CM while referring to 2010 unrest had stated that, “youth were used for worsening situation in J&K and burning buildings. Today these youth are either making rounds of police stations or going after courts for bail. They suffer for want of No Objection Certificates for government jobs and passports. We thought it as our responsibility to give these youth a chance to live a better life.”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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