Police officer suspended for barging Kashmir minister's house chasing protesters

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2014 19:46 IST

The government suspended a police officer on Friday for forcefully barging into the house belonging to the brothers of state rural development minister Ali Muhammad Sagar and allegedly misbehaving with the inmates while chasing stone-throwers in Srinagar.

Sagar's three brothers tasted the unbridled powers of the police around 7.30 pm on Thursday evening when sub-inspector Syed Waseem Jehangir barged into the house at the old city's Nawa Bazaar area.

"There was no elder present at the time. The officer barged into the house. He asked the cops guarding the house to line up despite the fact they disclosed that the house belongs to the minister," a family member told the Hindustan Times on the condition of anonymity.

Sagar used to live in the same house before moving to civil lines area of Srinagar.

The family members alleged that the officer abused the inmates, including females.

"There were young inmates inside the house who were completely panicked. Some are professionals in management and some possess PhDs. And this officer saw stone-throwers in them," said the family member.

There was a separatists-backed shutdown on Thursday in the valley over increasing civilian casualty in Gaza in Israel attacks. The old parts of the city area are prone to protests.

According to locals, the police officer chased a group of youth assembling near a carpet loom. There were sporadic protests in the old city where protesters threw stones.

However, the family has asked the police "to look into all angles as to why he barged into the house in such manner".

The family alleges the police officer entered the house despite not having the area under his jurisdiction.

Incidentally, Sagar was attacked at the same residence in December in 2011, which left one cop dead and two injured.

Sources said the police officer was asked to apologise to the family, which he refused.

Sources said the police officer is known for his anti-gamblers drive and has launched a major crackdown on several gangs in the recent past and cut money supply to several influential people too.

When contacted superintendent of police, North Srinagar, Tahir Salim refused to comment.

National Conference spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu said, "This disciplinary must have been required. It's otherwise illegal to barge into residences of people."

However, it's a routine practice by the police in Srinagar to enter people's residences during protests and clashes, even smash window panes in retaliation to stone throwing.

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