Army ‘forces’ youth to pose before camera along with AK-47 rifle in Srinagar

Seeking immediate removal of an Indian army officer and registration of an FIR against him, MLA Batamaloo, Noor Muhammad, and locals of Lawaypora HMT Srinagar Monday wrote a letter to SSP Srinagar Amit Kumar alleging that an Army party headed by an officer from Sharifabad camp forcibly took a local youth to a nearby paddy field and photographed him along with their service rifles and grenades.

Army ‘forces’ youth to pose before camera along with AK-47 rifle in SrinagarReports said that on 14 August, an Army party from Sharifabad camp detained three youth from Lawaypora locality after they allegedly made a graffiti urging people to observe August 15 (India’s Independence Day) as Black Day.

The youth, after questioning, were immediately released by the Army. Waheed Ahmed Malik son of late Abdul Razak, the cousin of one of the accused told CNS that during late hours on Sunday, the same Army party led by the same officer caught hold of him and took him to a nearby paddy field.

“I was ordered to pose for photographs along with their service rifles. After taking my photographs the officer threatened me of dire consequences and even told me that he knows how to deal with people like me,” Malik said.

Malik reportedly informed his family and friends about the incident who in turn brought the issue into the notice of local legislator and PDP leader Noor Muhammad. “I immediately rushed to Lawaypora and we all approached police station Parimpora and informed the officials there about the unfortunate incident,” Noor Muhammad told CNS.

“In the letter that we have forwarded to SSP Srinagar, we have sought the removal of the officer and immediate registration of FIR against him. We have also highlighted the anti-people actions that this officer has been indulging in the area. He even enters into schools and harass the students there, which is unacceptable,” Noor Muhammad said.

Confirming the incident, Station House Officer Parimpora said that locals from Lawaypora headed by MLA Batamloo registered a complaint against an army officer for allegedly forcing a youth to pose before camera along with the gun. “We will register FIR once we receive a communiqué from the Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar,” he said.

When contacted, an officer from Kilo Force, said that he will look into the matter and will ascertain the facts.

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