BE­ING HA­RASSED AF­TER EX­POS­ING DRUG MAFIA, SAYS VAL­LEY ATH­LETE

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - Ashiq Hus­sain ashiq.hus­sain@htlive.com

SRI­NA­GAR: A young woman ath­lete has ac­cused some army per­son­nel of al­legedly ha­rass­ing her and her fam­ily af­ter she took on the drug mafia in her home­town of So­pore in north Kash­mir’s Bara­mulla dis­trict. Army and police of­fi­cials have rub­bished the al­le­ga­tions.

Nighat Bashir, a na­tional-level karate player from Seelu So­pore, told me­dia per­sons that since the day she raised a voice against the drug mafia in So­pore, she has been fac­ing a lot of prob­lems.

“When I heard that my brother is get­ting in­volved in drugs, I raised a voice against the drug mafia which also led to the ar­rest of one per­son. Af­ter that, the racket was busted by police in So­pore. But fol­low­ing the ar­rests, the army raided the area and as­saulted my cousins say­ing they were look­ing for my fa­ther,” she al­leged. On Saturday, she al­leged that she was again ha­rassed by army per­son­nel at Tap­par Pat­tan when she was tak­ing her brother to a hos­pi­tal in Sri­na­gar.

The army has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions. “No army per­son­nel is in­volved in ran­sack­ing or dam­ag­ing any civil­ian prop­erty. These al­le­ga­tions are base­less,” said army spokesper­son Ra­jesh Kalia.

So­pore se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of police Javaid Iqbal said, “The searches were of gen­eral na­ture in Seelu and it was a joint op­er­a­tion by the army and police.”

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