Police registers FIR, MC Chairman refutes allegations
Suhail Khan / Arawat Mehraj
SRINAGAR, August 06: Female councilors affiliated with Baramulla Municipal Committee (BMC) on Thursday alleged that the Committee’s Chairman along with two other people harassed them yesterday night at a hotel in Gulmarag.
As per the reports, the councilors of Baramulla town were shifted to a hotel in Gulmarag till August 15 for security reasons.
Talking to Kashmir Despatch, a female councilor alleged, “Yesterday we were sleeping in our hotel after traveling with our family members from our home. Then all of a sudden late-night, MC Chairman Umar Kakroo, Councilor Ashiq Hussain Ganaie, and one BDC Chairman entered our room.”
”They were drunk and asked others to throw us and our daughters out. We called security forces for help and police and then we managed to get him out of our room which created a ruckus.”
Another female councilor also alleged that the BMC Chairman and others who were accompanying him were drunk. “And, they harassed and abused us in our room. Thankfully there were security forces here else the situation would have been different.”
She added that they have registered a formal complaint against the BMC Chairman who has already apologized. “His apologies won’t work. We want stern action against the culprits”
A police officer told Kashmir Despatch that there has been a scuffle between the women and they are investigating the incident. The police officer said a case FIR number 06/2020 U/S 354/452 under relevant sections of law has been registered as per the complaint and details shall follow.
Meanwhile, when Kashmir Despatch contacted, BMC Chairman Baramulla, Umar Kakroo refuted the allegations. He said: “I have full faith in law. If I am proven guilty I should be hanged in the main chowk. There were some issues between the women folk and I being a chairman BMC rushed to the spot and now they are dragging me into a controversy.” Kakoo further said that police should investigate the matter properly and find the truth.