Srinagar: In a goodwill gesture to coincide
with the Holy Ramzan month, J and K Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah today pardoned suspended head constable Abdul Ahad
Jan who had flung a shoe towards him during a function and
ordered his release.
Omar also ordered the police to withdraw the case
Releasing Jan on extremely compassionate grounds, Omar
called him to his residence and gave him a patient hearing
after which he directed his office to accompany him to his
native village so that he could be with his family members
during the fasting month, an official spokesman said.
Jan was taken into custody immediately after he hurled a
shoe towards the Chief Minister while he was taking the salute
from marching contingents after unfurling the national
tricolour during the official Independence Day function here
on August 15.
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said "the Holy
month of Ramzan teaches us to be compassionate and forgive
everyone. My steps are in conformity with teachings of Islam
which does not preach hatred but only love and brotherhood."
Omar hugged Jan and ordered the police to release him.
The suspended cop also profusely thanked the Chief Minister.
Visibly moved by Omar`s gesture, Jan became emotional
and tears rolled down his cheeks after his meeting with the
Chief Minister. Jan was equally thrilled to know that Omar was
making arrangements to fly him out by the state helicopter to
his native village in Ajjas in Bandipore.
The shoe flung by Jan missed the target but an unfazed
Omar referred to the incident in his speech and said "It is
the best way to protest. It is better to raise slogans and
hurl shoes but avoid stone pelting."
As many as 15 policemen were suspended pending inquiry
after the incident.
Jan, who was suspended in May after a criminal case was
registered against him, has been chargesheeted in two cases of
extortion and being drunk during duty hours.