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J&K : NC MLA booked for ‘assaulting and intimidating’ Govt employee

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The Jammu and Kashmir police has registered a case against National Conference Legislator for allegedly assaulting and intimidating a government employee in Sarbal area of Pahalgam.

The government employee identified as Waheed Ahmad Bhat of Ashmuqam in a written complaint has alleged that Altaf Ahmad Kuloo-National Conference Legislator from South Kashmir’s Pahalgam-assaulted and threatened him when he was performing his duties at Sarbal Sufi Shrine.

The incident, as per police records, has taken place last week on April 28. The employee in past has criticized legislator’s political statement on social networking site Facebook. Station House Officer Pahalgam said that an FIR 9/2018 u/s 427, 506, 353 was registered against the lawmaker.

Wahid claimed that he was passing near Ziyarat Sharif at Sarbal, Pahalgam on April 28, when Kuloo stopped his vehicle and started abusing him and his family.

“The MLA manhandled me, snatched my mobile phone and broke it. He even threatened me that he will manhandle my 4-year-old son,” Wahid alleged.

A police official in Pahalgam Police Station told  that an FIR has been registered after Wahid complained against the legislator.

“We are investigating the case after lodging the FIR,” he said.

Wahid said that last month, the MLA had abused him and threatened him after he called legislator on his mobile phone.

Police sources said that genesis of the complaint is that Wahid has commented on a Facebook post about MLA’s Constituency Development Fund.

Bhat has told police that the legislator’s reaction followed a simple comment on his facebook post by him. “The MLA had uploaded the pictures of donating ambulances for the health centres of his constituency. I only replied to him that it was from the constituency development fund and he had not done any favor to the people. This infuriated the legislator,” Bhat told police in his complaint.

We have started investigating the both cases’ he added. NC MLA, Altaf Kuloo, however, termed the allegations of ‘assault and intimidation’ baseless.

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