Arrest minister accused of sexual assault: Srinagar court

Arrest minister accused of sexual assault: Srinagar court

A court here Saturday issued an arrest warrant against former Jammu and Kashmir minister Shabir Ahmad Khan, accused in a sexual assault case. Doctors too demanded his arrest.

A senior police official said: "We have obtained an arrest warrant from the chief judicial magistrate Srinagar against Shabir Ahmad Khan...".

Khan Friday resigned from the ministry. His resignation was accepted by Governor N.N. Vohra on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's recommendation.

The police official said a team has been despatched to arrest him.

Police sources said the team would initially go to Jammu and, if needed, outside the state.Khan is accused of sexually assaulting a doctor after he called her to his office Jan 28.Doctors held protests here to demand Khan's arrest.

The doctors suspended duties in all the hospitals of Srinagar city Saturday.

Shouting slogans, they assembled at their work places demanding that Khan be arrested.Kashmir doctors association president Nissar-ul-Hassan said unless the accused is arrested and given exemplary punishment, the protests would continue.

"We are running emergencies and casualty services inside the hospitals. If the accused is not arrested today (Saturday), we will suspend all work in the hospitals across the Valley, including emergencies and casualty services," the protestors said.

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