Assam Police Arrest Kulgam Man During a Nocturnal Raid in South Kashmir

June 26

Assam Police has arrested a person from Chak Ramberpora in Damhal Hanjipora in Kulgam Jammu Kashmir for allegedly posting an obscene comment on Facebook on the widow of a CRPF commando who was killed during in a blast triggered by Maoists in Jharkhand last month, an official statement said Tuesday.

The slain CRPF commando, Sunil Kalita, hailed from Kamrup district of Assam.

The accused, Syed Abbas, was produced at Damhal Hanji Pora court in Kulgam district of Kashmir on June 22 and he was sent to eight days transit remand. He was being brought to Assam, the statement said.

He had allegedly made the obscene comment on Kalita’s wife on the Facebook page of a TV news channel of Assam that posted a photograph of the woman saluting her slain husband on June 15.

Following this, one Ramen Barua lodged a complaint and a case was registered. A three-member police team went to Jammu Kashmir and arrested the accused with the help of the police of that state, and intelligence agencies, the statement said.

Kalita was wounded in an IED blast by the Naxals in the jungles of Seraikela Kharsawan district of Jharkhand on May 28 and succumbed to his injuries at the AIIMS in New Delhi on the evening of June 13.

The blast took place during patrolling by the paramilitary personnel there. The CRPF jawan was posted with the 209th battalion of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), the elite jungle-warfare battalion of the CRPF, Fourteen other CoBRA and police personnel were injured in the incident that day.

The family of the Syed Abbas in Kulgam held a protest demonstration in the South Kashmir district claiming that Syed was innocent. “He works as a labour in Assam and shall be immediately released,” they demanded.

The family said they do not have enough money to travel to Assam and hire a lawyer to pursue the legal battle for the release of Syed Abbas.