Police failed to discharge duties, accuses Er Rasheed
Says passenger vehicles being hijacked by Army at Seeloo camp
Srinagar: Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) president and former MLA Langate, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh on Wednesday accused police of failing to discharge its duties to stop army from harassing innocent masses, who according to him are picking up the vehicles and taking the passengers and the vehicle owner’s hostage for hours.
According to a statement issued here, Er Rasheed said to snatch private vehicles at Seeloo camp has become a routine and Sopore police is turning a blind eye towards the ‘unlawful and inhumane behavior of Army men’.
“Since past few months’ army Jawans of Seeloo camp have been picking up vehicles by force, taking the passengers and the vehicle owners hostage for hours and then using their vehicles for patrolling and other services, which is unacceptable and condemnable,” he said.
He said that Army by doing so is not only playing with the lives of innocents but on and often people feel frightened while travelling through the nearby army camp.
“In the latest incident yesterday, four vehicles from Chadoora, Pulwama, Bandipora and Handwara were detained and taken forcibly inside the camp at around 05:00 PM. All the passengers were humiliated and taken hostage inside the camp,” he said, adding that their mobile phones were snatched and at around 11:30 PM tonight they were released only when the matter was brought in the notice of higher authorities.
He said that it is strange that every time when the matter was brought in the notice of SP Sopore, his approach used to be casual and answer would be misleading.
Er Rasheed appealed Army authorities to take notice of such incidents and said that if the top army brasses truly want their image to improve, they must punish such officers who have made lives of innocent citizens like a hell and have no accountability.
“By just calling every incident as propaganda, neither army nor police can justify their misdeeds and atrocities on Kashmiris. The image building measures get bulldozed by such acts and giving free hand to humiliate and commit atrocities on Kashmiris will always bring a bad name to men in uniform,” he added.
Er Rasheed added that if the practice at Seeloo camp is not stopped, masses will hit the roads and responsibility will lie on the army, police and civil administration.