Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislator Aijaz Mir on Thursday alleged that he was harassed by police during questioning in the case of weapons loot carried out by a Special Police Officer (SPO), guarding his residence in Srinagar.
SPO Adil Bashir, a resident of Shopian, fled with seven rifles and a licensed pistol of Mir from his residence at Jawahar Nagar in Srinagar on September 28.
Taking to social media site Facebook, Mir alleged that he was abused by a policeman in Rajbagh police station in front of dozens of other policemen. “The policeman then went on levelling serious allegations, accusations against my family,” he wrote.
“Is this a policing? How can a Munshi (policeman), of Rajbagh police station, abuse a legislator in front of dozens of other policemen? And then went on levelling serious allegations, accusations against his family as well. Is this how Police probes things here by humiliating even legislators and start levelling baseless allegations?” Mir wrote on his Facebook page.
A police official said that Adil had executed the plan to decamp with the weapons with the help of a civilian, who is also a resident of Shopian. “The civilian has been identified and will soon be nabbed,” he said, adding Adil was in constant contact with militants before executing the plan.
Adil has joined Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) as his picture with top commander and other carders of the militant outfit went viral on social media. A picture of SPO Adil Bashir and four other militants, including top HM commander Zeenat-ul-Islam, flaunting seven AK-47 rifles went viral on social media, including Facebook and WhatsApp. Though it could not be confirmed if the rifles flaunted on the picture are the rifles decamped from the legislature’s residence.
Police has announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh to anyone, who gives information about the whereabouts of the SPO.
Meanwhile, all SPOs, barring those engaged as drivers, in Jammu and Kashmir police have been withdrawn from security of protected persons in the state with immediate effect.
The order to disengage SPOs from duty with protected persons came few days after this incident.