A dedicated government employee, Abdur Rouf Khan of Lal Bazar Srinagar, left for his office at Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneur Development Institute (J&KEDI) at Pampore on Friday, but little did he know that he would return home with broken bones.
"I along with my colleague Muhammad Izhar Reshi was on way to office. When we reached Nowhatta, our vehicle was stopped by policemen," said Khan. "We explained to them that we have to attend office at Pampore. Despite showing our identity proofs, they misbehaved with us saying that no government office is open on August 14 and our identity cards are fake."
Khan said he requested the policemen to call on the number of his bosses "to confirm we are government employees."
"They didn't listen to us and instead resorted to merciless beating. They broke my right arm. The X-ray shows serious fracture in my arm. My entire body is aching. My colleague was also thrashed badly," he alleged. "My phone has also been broken by the policemen." The incident, he said, happened at 9 am.
Pertinently, Khan has been nominated for youth bravery award for his exemplary relief and rescue work during last year's flood. "It was only yesterday that government informed me of my nomination for the award," said Khan, who oversees all training operations at the EDI.