Commuters decry ‘harassment’ during frisking

SHAFAQ SHAH
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 19 2018 12:01AM | Updated Date: Jan 19 2018 12:01AM
Commuters decry ‘harassment’ during friskingFile Photo

Commuters have expressed resentment over move of police to seek personal details including phone numbers during frisking ahead of R-Day here. 

One such incident happened at Bishember Nagar when police stopped a car and searched it. 

“The driver was asked to provide personal details including phone number. When he protested, the police justified the act by saying, ‘we are doing it for R-Day,” a witness said. 

“It has become so difficult to step of your home these days. At least you are being stopped at ten points and you are being judged by your looks,” said a person who was stopped by police at Bishember Nagar and “forced” to give his phone number and name. 

Another person, who is a businessman, too was stopped at Bishember Nagar and asked to provide personal details. “I had an altercation with police after they sought personal details. After getting reprimanded by police, he wrote his name and phone number in the police register,” a witness said.

“What guarantee do we have that they (police) keeps this information private and won’t misuse our names and phone numbers,” the businessman said. 

SHO Kralkhud, Manzoor Ahmad said, “I will erase every number. I have also asked my team not to take anybody’s name and phone number.”

Similar complaints against police were received from several areas.