Srinagar, Dec 05: A class 10 student from north Kashmir’s Pattan town Thursday alleged that the Sarpanch of Sariwarpora, Pattan was trying to falsely implicate him in a militancy related cases.

“The feud between the Sarpanch, Irshad Ahmed Pandit, and my relatives is taking a toll on me. The Sarpanch is misleading police and Army by claiming that I am possessing a pistol which is baseless,” Saifullah Feroz Bhat told Srinagar based CNS news agency.

Mr Bhat said the Democratic Party Nationalist Sarpanch even attacked his sister, Iqra Feroz Bhat, 15, a student of class 9, with a kangri (fire-pot) at their residence.

Showing her half-burnt face, Iqra said Irshad misled police by claiming that her brother was possessing a pistol.

“Police raided our house and arrested my brother. After six hours of questioning, my brother was released by police. The irony is that my brother was also questioned by Army personnel from 29 RR who later confirmed that my brother is innocent,” Iqra who is studying at Government Higher Secondary School, Nehalpora, told CNS.

The siblings said that they fear for their lives, “We demand stern action against Irshad Ahmed Pandit who harasses us on one or the other pretext and misleads police,” they said.

Irshad Ahmed Pandit told CNS that he never claimed that Saifullah Feroz possessed a pistol. “I treat them as my children but on the behest of their father, they attacked me and accordingly I lodged a complaint against them in police station,” he said.

Station House Officer, Police Station Pattan, Mehboob Bandey, told CNS that both the parties have registered complaints against each other.

“Sarpanch has claimed that siblings attacked him while siblings doubt the integrity of Sarpanch and believe that he is harassing them,” he said.

Commanding Officer 29 RR said that they never picked up Saifullah as it was not their job to arrest anyone.

“It may be a family dispute and police has to look into it. We don’t know anything about it,” he said.

Deputy Inspector General North Kashmir, JP Singh told CNS that he would look into the matter. “Let me ascertain the facts and look into the matter,” he said.

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