Post registration of FIR against Major Aditya of 10 Garhwal Unit of Indian Army over Shopian incident and sensational escape of Pakistan national LeT terrorist Naveed Jhaat’s has put Jammu and Kashmir Police in a real soup. The answers will have to be made by none other than its chief, who is in the centre of controversy and whose elevation to the coveted position of Director General of Police has already been challenged by his senior colleague DG Prisons S K Mishra.
Social media is agog with startling details and penetrating questions about the dare-devil escape of Naveed from Srinagar’s SMHS Hospital after killing two accompanying policemen. Some of these questions were already flagged in these columns the day LeT terrorists embarrassed the police. The questions are very pertinent, which need answers, more so to restore confidence of the people in the police, which is presently feeling demoralised due to weak command.
The questions making round in the social media include who facilitated Naveed to approach the court that ordered his shifting from Kathua Jail to Srinagar; who allowed terrorists Hilal and Tikka Khan to visit Central jail Srinagar on 2-3 occasions to meet Naveed and to hatch the conspiracy, how could Naveed remain in constant touch from the Jail with the other conspirators on mobile, why was Naveed not checked in the jail itself or referred to high security police hospital, who (from within the jail or the police establishment) gave minute details to Hilal and Tikka Khan, who were already waiting at the parking when Naveed was brought to hospital, who gave a weapon to Naveed, who also fired at the two police escorts; was the escape pre-planned and blessed, and if yes by whom, as police did not retaliate on the pretext of preventing collateral civilian casualties, what were the police nakas doing when Naveed and other conspirators escaped on a motorcycle and waited for 6-7 hours in a house in Old City before they finally went to their hideout in a car in the evening, etc?
The questions are intriguing. And much more worrying fact is about the local intelligence that has no mechanism to find out the harbours, in this case, Hizbul Mujahideen which is reportedly providing safe shelter to Naveed.
The points under circulation crave for action by the top police hierarchy, which should have registered an FIR over the incident and booked suspect black-sheep in the police force.
After all Jammu and Kashmir Police is professionally competent enough to reach conclusion in the Shopian incident about the Army’s, particularly Major Aditya’s involvement. It rushed to file the FIR, notwithstanding the chief pretending ignorance, rather hoodwinking the public opinion by saying that Major Aditya’s name did not figure in the FIR.
However, the professionalism of Jammu and Kashmir Police and double-speak of its chief has been challenged in the Supreme Court by veteran Lieutenant Colonel Karamveer Singh, the brave father of the valiant Major Aditya. He has sought quashing of the FIR, pleading that booking Major Aditya and the 10 Garhwal Rifles for murder and attempt to murder will hurt the morale of army personnel in the discharge of their duty. He has rightly submitted that lodging of the FIR has been portrayed and projected by the political leadership and administrative higher-ups of the State, reflects the extremely hostile atmosphere in the State. Unfortunately, the executants of the illogical diktat have been the police that did not resist it, which it could have in the larger national interest.
The Major’s father, in his petition, has stated that the authorities were aware that the Major “was not there” but “in an arbitrary exercise of power, named my son as an accused.” He has pleaded, “Army personnel present there were doing lawful military duty peacefully and who, by violent actions of the mob, were forced to take lawful actions for protection of government property without any excessive use of force. “He has highlighted that “violent mobs in Kashmir have frequently obstructed bonafide government duties and even resorted to lynching and killing of government officials.”
Now that the matter is under consideration of the highest court of the country, the police will have to do lot of explaining. Ironically, the police chief told a national television channel that father of the Major is within his right to move to the court. Isn’t it admission of his double speak. The Jammu and Kashmir Police is in real soup over two high voltage incidents that took place in the Valley just the other day.
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