As was stated by former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, three men who allegedly tried to abduct and molest a 9-year-old girl in Bandipora district are troopers from the Indian army, a local news report said on Tuesday.
The identities of the accused trio were not made public since the incident in Chewa area of the northern valley district on Thursday last week.
“The accused Army soldiers have been identified as Sub-inspector Harbachan Singh, Naik Amit Tahkor, and Hawaldar Manzoor Ahmad,” the news report said quoting unnamed sources.
Following a complaint by the minor girl’s family, the report said police had registered a case on February 10 at the police station in Sumbal.
The report comes after Mehbooba Mufti raised an alarm on Tuesday, saying the girl’s family was being pressurized to withdraw the complaint. On micro-blogging site twitter, the People’s Democratic Party chief wrote, “Locals in Bandipora have alleged that 3 army men tried to abduct & molest a 9 year old girl. Her family is now being pressurized to withdraw the FIR.”
Reports had said shrieks of the nine-year-old girl who was being forcibly pushed into waiting Maruti Alto car at Chewa, caught attention of passers by who rushed to her rescue.
People gathered there, caught hold of the three persons, among them a non local, and detained them till police arrived on the scene, witnesses had said.
Locals discovered the number plates on the car to be fake as it has two different numbers on two sides. Moreover two more separate number plates were found inside the car, a report had said.
A police team had reached the spot and taken the army trio into their custody.
Senior Superintendent of Police in Bandipora, Rahul Malik, told the local news website that the trio has been arrested. “We have not received any complaint so far about reports of pressurizing,” Malik was quoted as saying.