‘Don’t have any hope from non-local officers’ remark lands man in jail

Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, a man was jailed on the charge of ‘promoting enmity” after he told the IIOJK Lieutenant Governor’s advisor that he has no expectations from officers who are not locals, reportedly displeasing the Ganderbal deputy commissioner who is from India’s Uttar Pradesh state.

Fifty-year-old Sajad Rashid Sofi of Wani Mohalla at Safapora in Ganderbal has been booked under Section 153 of the Indian Penal Code (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.) for his remarks. Sajad made the comment during an interaction of locals with the IIOJK Lieutenant Governor’s advisor, Baseer Ahmad Khan, at Mansbal in Ganderbal district on June 10.

According to police report filed in a local court in Ganderbal, Sajad, who was part of a civil society delegation, while addressing advisor Khan, said, “I have expectations of you because you are a Kashmiri and can understand. And I can catch hold of your collar and can seek answers from you but what expectations can I have from non-state officers?”

The deputy commissioner of Ganderbal, Krittika Jyotsna, according to the police report, took strong exception to the remarks and got up from her chair to object.
Locals told media that that on the day when Sajad uttered these remarks, he was summoned by the local Station House Officer to appear before a top police officer.

“The local SHO accompanied him to the officer’s at around 3.30 pm. He was brought to the Safapora police station from SSP office at around 7.30 pm and was released at around 8.30 pm,” said a local who requested anonymity.
He said that at 10 pm, Sajad again got a call to appear at the Safapora police station.

“He went to police station Safapora and cops lodged an FIR against him in the intervening night of June 10 and 11,” he said, adding that he was kept at the Safapora police station for three days, until when this report was published.
He said police did not release him even when the court granted him interim bail. “We have been told that he has been additionally booked under sections 107 and 151 of the IPC,” the local said.