Cash For Release: BJP Sacks District President Bandipora After FIR Against Him

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Srinagar, April 21: Bhartiya Janata Party on Thursday “relieved” its district president for Bandipora Abdul Rehman Tikri from all responsibilities after police booked him and his “accomplice”, a Sarpanch, for demanding and accepting Rs one lakh from a woman to secure release of his brother from prison.

“Abdul Rehman Tikri, district President BJP Bandipora is relieved off of his responsibilities as district president BJP Bandipora and all other party responsibilities with immediate effect,” reads an “order” by BJP J&K president Ravinder Raina.

Earlier Police booked Tikri along with his “accomplice”, a Sarpanch identified as Mushtaq Ahmad of Darmahama, for demanding and accepting Rs 1 lakh from the woman Miss Anjum Khursheed in lieu of releasing her incarcerated brother Aqib Khursheed from jail.

A police official while confirming the incident told GNS that a case (FIR No. 64) under Section 420 IPC (cheating) stands registered against the accused and investigations are underway.

He said that the money was also seized from the accused duo and both were later released after thorough questioning as they produced an anticipatory bail.

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