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Alleging official apathy, ex-SPO to protest outside Parliament

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Rajouri, March 07, 2013
First Published: 18:08 IST(7/3/2013) | Last Updated: 18:12 IST(7/3/2013)

Mohammad Iqbal, a former special police officer (SPO), who was responsible, as per the appreciation letter by commanding officer of 31 RR, for the killing of more than 25 militants between 2007 and 2010, have decided to protest before the Parliament House alleging that the police department had forced him to quite the job of SPO instead of giving him a permanent job.

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Iqbal complained that though he met every senior police officers, including then DGP Kuldeep Khoda, despite hollow promises and sympathies, he get nothing.

Recently IGP Dilbagh Singh had said: "There is a system in the police department which needed to be followed by the SPO (Iqbal). He need to talk to senior officers at Rajouri."
 
Responding to this, Iqbal said he had met every senior officer in the past and if the department wanted to do a favour to him, the IGP should have written to senior officers at Rajouri about his case that appeared in a section of press.

"I will wait for about fortnight for the police department to respond. After that I will protest before the Parliament House along with my children," said the SPO.

He stressed on the citation letters by Col BS Sambyal, commanding officer of 31 RR (in which he had mentioned that he was responsible for the killing of 25 hardcore militants, including Pakistan militant commanders) the then DIG, Rajouri-Poonch range, K Rajendra Kumar, and the then DSP operations.

He further said the police department had prepared a file for his permanent job in May 2005, which is still gathering dust at the office at the police headquarters.

In August 2008, Iqbal had received a threat letter from the Hizbul Mujahideen. Following which, he shifted to Jammu. Col BS Sambyal, with whom he was attached, had recommended a permanent job for him and safety for his family. Then Rajouri DIG K Rajendra Kumar, on September 14, 1999, had said Iqbal was personally known to him and was very useful in providing information and killing of militants in Rajouri district. After resigning as SPO in 2010, Iqbal was currently working as farmer.


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