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Cop retired for fake birth date

Srinagar, Feb. 19: A senior IPS officer who headed Kashmir police during a part of last year’s unrest has been asked to retire for fudging his date of birth.

Farooq Ahmad, the inspector-general of the police’s security wing, had altered his date of birth from February 5, 1949 to November 25, 1951.

“He was 60 in 2009 and should have retired then, but has overstayed since. He is now deemed to have retired on February 5, 2009,” principal home secretary B.R. Sharma said.

Police sources said the charge of IGP security has been given to Gopal Reddy, the additional DGP of civil defence.

Sources said chief minister Omar Abdullah ordered his retirement late last evening after an inquiry committee found February 1949 to be Ahmad’s original date of birth.

Ahmad had qualified for the Kashmir police service in 1977 and was inducted in the IPS in 1995 based on his “recorded DoB of February 5, 1949”. An official spokesperson said he applied for change of birth date in 1998.

After his induction in the IPS, Ahmad’s service rules were governed by the All India Services, not the provisions of the Jammu & Kashmir Civil Service Regulations, 1956, under which he applied for the change, the spokesperson said. The state government altered his birth date in 1998.

Sources said Ahmad challenged the order today, saying his elder sister’s birth date was recorded as November 11, 1948, by virtue of which she was only two months and 11 days older to him.

“(This) is a medical impossibility,” Ahmad contended.

Ahmad held several sensitive postings during his tenure and was Kashmir police chief during last year’s unrest in the Valley. He was, however, replaced by S.K. Sahai in the middle of the crisis.

He exposed the 2006 fake-encounter scam, during which the police branded innocent civilians as foreign militants and killed them for reward and promotion.

Ahmad also headed the special investigation team probing the Shopian rape and murder in 2009 before he was appointed inspector-general of police, Kashmir zone.

He was not available for comment.

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