Srinagar, Nov 9: A police officer has been arrested on the charges of raping two girls including a minor in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, a local news agency said Thursday.
According to Current News Service (CNS), Mumtaz Ahmad Shah, 48, son of Muhammad Yusuf Shah of Baghander, Bijbehara, who works in the office of Senior Superintendent of Police Islamabad, allegedly raped the duo (names withheld) aged 17 and 19 on November 7.
Giving details, CNS said the accused, an assistant sub-inspector of police, was travelling in his car (No.JK01J/6212) from Srinagar to Bijbehara. Near Awantipora, he noticed the girls, who hail from Tral town of Pulwama, and offered them lift to Islamabad.
"During the travel, Mumtaz told the girls he was highly connected and arranged government jobs for the unemployed," the CNS quoted police sources as saying. "As it was too late, he took the girls to the home of his friend Abdul Gaffar Bhat at Nowpora Payeen, Pulwama. Mumtaz told Bhat that the girls were his relatives and would spend the night there."
The residents of the area, according to the news agency, grew suspicious and informed the police station Lasipora. A police team led by concerned SHO Farooq Ahmad raided the residence of Bhat and caught Mumtaz in a 'compromising position' with the girls. The victims told police that the accused duped them and "raped them continuously" on the pretext of arranging jobs for them. Medical test of the girls confirmed the rape, said the CNS.
The accused has been suspended from service and remanded to the police custody till November 15.
Police has registered a case under sections 366 and 376.