A court in J&K’s Reasi has ordered the lodging of an FIR against at least seven police officers for allegedly putting a local’s life at risk.

As per the complainant Prem Singh, the accused surrounded his Kacha house and tin shed from all the corners on 19 September last year.

Singh said that the accused put fire to a pile of wood on the roof of the house and door. On seeing a threat to his life, Singh said that he moved with his family to his shed and closed the iron door. The accused, he said, asked him and his family to come out of the house and threatened them with serious consequences in case they failed to do so. On hearing noise and smoke, Singh said the locality people came there and subsequently, the accused fled away from the spot.

Singh said that he approached SHO and other police officers to register the FIR against the accused persons but to no avail.

Consequently, he filed a complaint with the court under section 156(3) Cr.P.C. to seek direction from the SHO concerned for registering FIR against the accused persons.

“Perused the contents of the application. The applicant has alleged that the accused persons have committed offences under sections 436,426,427 & 506 IPC. However, since all the accused persons are police officials, no action against them has been taken by the police or higher officials despite his complaint. As such, he wanted this court to direct the SHO concerned to take action against them by lodging an FIR for the commission of offences mentioned above,” the court of Additional Mobile Magistrate Reasi Priyanka Mahajan—observed in the order as per GNS, adding, “Applying my mind in the facts of the instant application, it is clear that applicant has come to the court after exhausting the remedies of approaching concerned police station and SSP for the lodging of FIR, but without any reason, same was not done.”

“As such, the SHO Chassana is now directed to register an FIR against the non-applicants/accused persons and investigate the matter,” it added.