Jammu & Kashmir

ADC Baramulla physically assaults people amid lockdown

Screen shot of the video

Div Com says ‘will see in what context he did so’

Baramulla: Social media users on Wednesday slammed the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Baramulla for physically assaulting people amid the COVID lockdown in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

The video has gone viral on social media today. Locals and netizens are aghast with the behavior of the senior officer seen beating men, women, and anyone with a stick in his hand.

Locals have demanded the Lt Governor administration to take such official to task for thrashing and beating people and humiliating them.

“People are not allowed to go shopping when a strict lockdown has been in place for the last ten days. People have emergencies like going to a clinic or hospital or buying medicine for patients. But ADC Baramulla has crossed all the limits of a civic and sensible officer by thrashing all and sundry in the town,” Faheem ul Haq, a local from Baramulla told news agency KDC.

Reacting to the video, Mohit Bhan, PDP spokesman, called the officer ‘Goon’ and demanded suspension of the officer.

“This hooliganism on the streets of Baramulla is happening today under the grab of lockdown. This physcopath needs to be booked & suspended. Abusing, beating people, hitting cars, scaring single women along with administrative “Goons” is Naya Kashmir,” he wrote on Twitter.

BJP leader Sheikh Khalid Jehangir wrote on his Twitter: “Law enforcement agencies can’t behave like GOONS. With Authority there is Responsibility. Strict action should be taken against him for violating Human Rights. He can’t beat people. @OfficeOfLGJandK shri @manojsinha_ji.”

When contacted by KDC, ADC Baramulla Muhammad Ahsan said: “The administration is trying to strictly implement a lockdown in the district as serious violations by people were seen in the last two days. The thrashing of lockdown violators is not deliberate or with any malafide intention. We urge people to not violate lockdown guidelines and don’t more outside homes unless emergencies.”

Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole said that he will look into the matter as to in which context Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Baramulla resorted to beating people to enforce lockdown.

“We will see in which context he (ADC Baramulla) has done it (thrashed people),” Pole told reporters as per Kashmir News Observer.


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