A family from Lawaypora Zainakot Saturday accused a police officer of ‘harassment’. The family members mostly females assembled at Press Enclave Srinagar.

They alleged that on the behest of a retired government official, the ‘Reader’ of SP West Srinagar has been harassing them and the said officer extorted Rs 19,400 from them while interrogating one of their male members.

Talking to reporters, the Lawaypora resident Abdul Gani Parrey said that from 2007, there was a dispute going on a piece of land between him and a retired government official. “I was supposed to pay Rs 31,76,000 to the official but few arbitrators penalized me and instead of the actual sum I paid Rs 38,00000 to him to settle the matter once for all in 2012. After passing of three years, now the official has started demanding more money from me,” he said.

He said that the official approached ADC Srinagar, but the latter advised the official to approach court. “The official ironically has approached SP West who has entrusted the job to his Reader. The Reader of the SP West has been threatening me of dire consequences in case I did not pay Rs 10 lakh more to the official. The Reader frequently calls me to his office and there he not only abuses me but also tortures me. A few days back, the said Reader of the SP West snatched Rs 19,400 from my pocket,” Parrey said adding that he has mobile recording how he is requesting the Reader to pay his Rs 19,400 back to him.

The protesting family members appealed DG and IG police to look into the matter. “The said police officer frequently calls my son to the police station and harasses him. I personally appeal to the authorities to probe the matter and do justice with us,” said octogenarian mother of Parrey.

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When contacted the Reader of the SP West told CNS that he has been performing his duty and there is nothing personal in it. “Neither I abuse nor did I torture him. There is not an iota of truth in his claims,” he said.

SP West Paramvir Singh while terming the allegations baseless said that they received a complaint against Abdul Gani Parrey and they have been verifying the matter. (CNS)

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