A police officer responsible for deploying contingents of police and paramilitary personnel in Srinagar to maintain law and order has been suspended for sharing deployment details with Pakistan.
Sources said that Inspector Tanveer Ahmad, who was posted as Incharge Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) at Armed Police Control Room (APCR) Srinagar was suspended after officials at Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) traced a call from Pakistan to his office in Srinagar.
Sources said that 23 days back, the officer received a call on the landline telephone at his office. The caller identified himself as Army Commander and sought deployment details of police and para-military forces in Srinagar.
The officer sought clearance from SP who gave his consent for sharing the information. After the consent of SP, the officer shared the deployment details including the number of men, companies and the areas where they are deployed.
The officer provided the details through mobile messenger application, Whatsapp. The Ministry of Home Affairs traced the call and started a probe. The MHA informed the Director General of Police (DGP) K Rajendra, who took the serious note of the matter, and ordered a probe.
Director General of Police (DGP),said “Yes, the officer has been suspended and probe ordered to ascertain the facts. However, it seems the case of negligence but the probe is on,” said the DGP. He added that officers were already alerted about such calls.
Police and other officers dealing with law and order and counter-militancy in Kashmir are receiving calls from Pakistan for past few years. The callers introduce themselves as officers of other security agencies and seek various details. However, normally officers ask them to come through proper channel but in this case, sources said that the officer has shared the details unintentionally without knowing that the caller is from Pakistan.