IG and SSP shunted out in Omar shoe incident
Jammu and Kashmir government today attached two senior police officials, including the Inspector General (Security), for lax security arrangements for Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at an Independence day function.
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government today
attached two senior police officials, including the Inspector
General (Security), for lax security arrangements for Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah at an Independence day function, during
which a suspended head constable hurled a shoe at him.
Inspector General (Security) Ram Lubhaiya, an IPS officer
of 1985 batch and SSP Srinagar Rafeeq Ul Hassan have been
attached to police headquarters till further notice, an
official spokesman said.
Fifteen policemen have already been suspended by the
state government in connection with the incident.
Official sources said the policemen, four of whom who
were of sub-inspector rank, faced the action pending an
inquiry for lax security arrangements which enabled the
constable Abdul Ahad Jahan to enter the highly-secured Bakshi
Jahan, who was in the VIP enclosure behind the rows where
Omar was taking salute from marching contingents after
unfurling the national flag, was overpowered by securitymen
and arrested. He was later released after Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah pardoned him.
Authorities probing the incident claimed that Jahan had
links with a rival political party. The party was not named.
Jahan, a resident of Ajjas in Bandipore, claimed during
interrogation that he was dropped by a zonal president of the
rival political party on his motorcycle at the Bakshi Stadium,
according to official sources.