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JAMMU: Succumbing to the pressure mounted by a former PDP minister and to prevent any untoward incident ahead of Independence Day celebrations in the sensitive border township, police on Tuesday registered an FIR against two locals under the charges of murder, theft, wrongful confinement etc to defuse tension in Palma area of Rajouri.
According to official sources, FIR 445/18 under Sections 307,382,341 and 323 of RPC has been registered in Rajouri Police Station against Deepak, son of Dave Raj and Neeraj Kumar, son of Kewal Kumar, both residents of Swari.
Sources told STATE TIMES that the allegations of theft have cracked on the face of double speak by the self-styled victim, who first alleged theft of Rs 20,000 and subsequently raised the amount to Rs 2.5 lakh.
During sustained questioning, the so called victim fumbled and kept changing his statements about stolen amount.
“This appears as a lose script of the drama, scripted to put Rajouri, on boil ahead of Independence Day and ensuing Eid festival, essentially to score political brownie points,” sources said, adding that a minor issue of scuffle has been exploited beyond proportion. They said that the shop-keeper had been thrashed but his exploiters made him a fodder to grind their political agenda.
Large number of locals were provoked by the former PDP minister to stage demonstrations in order to put pressure on the police to take strict action against alleged accused. Subsequently, the protesters had disrupted traffic for over three hours on Monday in support of their demand.
As the situation became volatile on ground zero, the police handled the matter tactically to resolve the issue.
Along with investigating the matter of attack on a local businessman, the police is also looking into the role of politicians in stoking fire and triggering unrest in the area.
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