Police sees a specially-abled youth ‘threat to peace’

Police Sunday said that a specially-abled Tanvir Ahmad War alias Binda War of Drangbal, Baramulla, was at the “forefront of pushing young boys into trouble’ and endangering their lives.

A spokesman said that War, presently lodged at Central jail Srinagar, was actively involved in 2016 unrest in old town Baramulla. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief, Yasin Malik, had accused government of harassing youth stating that a public safety act (PSA) was registered against a specially-abled. He had termed the PSA as a glaring example of “mental bankruptcy” of rulers.

“How can a man who is not able to walk two steps on his feet be implicated in stone pelting cases and sent to jail under Public Safety Act,” Yasin Malik said in a statement on Saturday.
“He had been moving around on the tricycle provided to him earlier by Army as a goodwill gesture,” police said.
“He spearheaded mob violence in Baramulla town pushing young boys on forefront of trouble endangering their lives,” said the spokesman. “He would decorate his tricycle with Pakistani flags and make announcements from public address system instigating people for violence.”
“On one occasion he with the help of his gang he hijacked 4 tippers loaded with stones and got them unloaded on roads of old town Baramulla to block these roads so that police was prevented to act against the miscreants.”
Moreover the spokesman added, War has been continuously involved in “instigating and engineering violence in Baramulla since 2008.” “In year 2008, he compelled and forced Sheikh Aziz to lead the procession who at the advice of many stakeholders wanted to return back from Sheeri Baramulla.”
“The accused who was atop a truck threatened the slain leader with dire consequences and told him if he could march ahead with disabilities, what excuse had the leader had (sic)?”
“This person despite his disability has been making good use of his tricycle to travel and headed a gang of stone-pelters who would help him in undertaking his antisocial activities.” “He is involved in 16 cases of instigating and engineering mob and street violence.”