Cop taken hostage twice by Kashmir mobs, released unharmed

A police constable was today taken hostage twice by mobs but released unharmed following the intervention of local elders in Pattan area of Baramulla district, official sources said here.

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2010, 22:25 PM IST

Srinagar: A police constable was today taken
hostage twice by mobs but released unharmed following the
intervention of local elders in Pattan area of Baramulla
district, official sources said here.

Constable Imtiaz Ahmad, a resident of Dooru village in
Sopore, was on his way to his posting at Khag area in Budgam
district when a mob intercepted him at Palhallan, 30 kms from
here, they said.

The mob was protesting against the yesterday`s killing of
four persons when security forces allegedly opened fire on a
stone-pelting mob.

Ahmad, who was not in his uniform, was taken hostage by
the mob as soon as they found his police identity card, they
said, adding he was released after several hours following
intervention by local elders.

However, the policeman was in trouble again as he was
detained by another group of protestors less than a kilometre
from Palhallan.

Ahmad spent another hour in captivity before some local
elders brought him to Pattan police station where he was
handed over to the station house officer.

Policemen have been at the receiving end of stone-pelting
mobs in Kashmir Valley since the fresh unrest began in June.
Many of them carry fake identity cards to escape the wrath of
these mobs.

-PTI