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After MP’s complaint, Budgam police officer faces ‘Hafta’ charges
6/10/2023 11:14:56 PM

Early Times Report

Jammu, June 10: Even as senior Bharatiya Janta Party leader and Member Parliament, Ghulam Ali Khatana recently filed complaint with the Raj Bhawan against a police officer posted in Doodhpathri area of Budgam district, the accused is set to face charges of grabbing “Hafta” from poor people.
Sources said the Pony Walas operating at the resort have told the MP, who had recently visited the area, that the police officer of the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police, had been grabbing “Hafta” of around Rs 300 per day.
Sources said it was likely to be probed if the “Hafta” was taken from individual Pony Walas or from a group of them on “regular basis and which way.”
“What also needs to be probed is if the accused was himself taking the same or through some middleman,” said an officer in the know of the matter.
Sources said the aggrieved Pony Walas had narrated their woeful tale to the MP, who is understood to have assured action against the accused officer.
Sources said the Jammu and Kashmir Police is likely to start a formal inquiry into the matter from May 25 as presently the department was busy with the G20 security preparedness.
“Given the seriousness of the complaint filed by the honorable MP, immediate action was expected but the same got a bit delayed due to the security preparedness priority,” said a source in the know of the matter.
It’s for the first time in the recent past that such serious allegations have been leveled against a police officer that too by a Member Parliament from the ruling BJP.
Khatana had shot a complaint to the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha saying: “Dear Sh. @manojsinha_ ji, Residents of #Doodhpathri have alleged torture, harrassment & corruption by @BudgamPolice after tribals hosted a function of @BJP4India agnst the wishes of vested interests. You are requested to order action. @KashmirPolice @OfficeOfLGJandK @JmuKmrPolice.”
In the purported video of the Pony Walas, the complainants levelled serious allegations against the DySP.
Despite repeated attempts, the accused police officer was not available for comments.
A police office confirmed that the complaint has been brought to their notice.
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