Cop, attached after burning of Gujjar huts in Jammu, gets medal

Cop, attached after burning of Gujjar huts in Jammu, gets medal

Inspector Bharat Sharma had been shunted out as station house officer of Bari Brahmana police station in the wake of protests and outcry over the killing of a civilian and torching of Gujjar huts on 21 February 2016.

A police officer who was attached in 2016 following the killing of a civilian and torching of Gujjar huts in Sarore area of Samba has been conferred with Police Medal for Meritorious Services (PMMS) on the eve of August 15.

Inspector Bharat Sharma had been shunted out as station house officer of Bari Brahmana police station in the wake of protests and outcry over the killing of a civilian and torching of Gujjar huts on 21 February 2016.

The incident took place last year when the state was under governor’s rule following the death of then Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.

The state administration had ordered an inquiry into the incident and Governor NN Vohra had sought a report on the incident.

Additional divisional commissioner Jammu Rehana Batool, who was conducting the enquiry, confirmed that she has submitted the report.

Sources in the Home department confirmed the report is pending with it.

“I will have to check the records,” principal secretary Home RK Goyal told Greater Kashmir, when asked about the award and the inquiry report.

Sharma, who is presently posted as SHO Trikuta Nagar, dropped the call when asked about his alleged role in last year’s Samba incident.

Director general of police SP Vaid said there is nothing adverse against Sharma in the records as well as in the inquiry.

Government spokesman Naeem Akther said the government will look into this matter.

The Samba incident had evoked widespread condemnation from all quarters. Senior NC leader Mian Altaf had appealed PM Narendra Modi and Governor NN Vohra to intervene and “stop harassment of a particular community in Jammu province in the name of eviction drives.”