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Police reshuffles some district police chiefs

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Srinagar, Apr 21: Senior Superintendent of Police, Kathua, M Suleman Choudhary, who was in the news because of a botched up probe into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in January, was today shifted to the police headquarters.

He will be replaced by Shridhar Patil, who was heading the south Kashmir’s militancy-affected Kulgam district, according to an official order.

Choudhary has been transferred and posted in the same rank with the Criminal Intelligence and Vigilance department, the order read.

Though the Jammu and Kashmir Police said it was a routine transfer, it comes two weeks after the J&K Crime Branch submitted its charge-sheet in the Kathua rape-and-murder case.

The charge sheet accused two district police officers of accepting bribes and destroying crucial evidence.

Superintendent of Police Harmeet Singh, who was in-charge of Sopore in north Kashmir, replaces Patil as police chief of Kulgam.

Shailendra Kumar Mishra, who was posted in the police lines, has been appointed the Senior Superintendent of Police of Shopian, another militancy-hit district in south Kashmir. He replaces Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar, who has been shifted to the border district of Kupwara in north Kashmir.

Superintendent of Police, Kupwara, Shamsher Hussain has been made the commandant of 13th batallion of the Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police while as Javid Iqbal, SP PCR in Srinagar, has been appointed the district police chief of Sopore.

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