Ex-SHO beaten, looted in Gujjar Nagar; one arrested

JAMMU: Despite huge build-up and expansion at the top and middle rung, the fear of police is waning in Jammu and Kashmir, with law breakers and criminals caring too hoots for the law enforcing agency. The expansion in terms of army of officers in the ranks of DGPs, ADGPs, IGPs and down below has neither been able to instill sense of security among the law abiding citizens not proving any deterrent to anti-social, anti-national and criminal elements due to variety of reasons-corruption, internal bickering, incompetence and element of nexus being the prime attributors. The situation has touch so low that even the police personnel become vulnerable to criminals if found in Khakis or civvies.
The latest example of the helplessness of even police came to fore when criminals attacked, thrashed and looted a former Station House Officer and serving security personnel in Gujjar Nagar, the heart of the temple city, barely few yards away from a police post and police Naka.
A police officer, who earlier served as SHO in many police stations, was allegedly thrashed and looted by a group of miscreants in the Gujjar Nagar area late last night.
“Sub Inspector Noor Mohd, presently posted in the security wing of Jammu and Kashmir Police was last night stopped by a group of miscreants in Gujjar Nagar area and thrashed mercilessly,” sources said.
They said that the miscreants thrashed him and also attacked him with sharp edged weapons. “He was in civvies and was riding a two-wheeler,” sources said adding, “Cash worth thousands of rupees and gold ornaments were looted from him.”
He, however, sustained injuries in the clash. An eyewitness said that the victim Sub Inspector Noor Mohd tried to chase the attackers as being a policeman he had identified them as he himself had served as Station House Officer at many police stations in the City.
The incident took place just few metres away from the Police Post Gujjar Nagar, they added.
“All the accused have been identified and on a complaint lodged by the cop, raids were conducted in different parts of the town,” police said.
One of the attackers identified as Riaz Choudhary has been arrested, police said adding, FIR 53/2017 under Sections 323, 341 and 382 is registered at Police Post Gujjar Nagar.
According to sources, the miscreants were reportedly under influence of drugs.