SRINAGAR — Many people including women staged a protest on Thursday, demanding justice after a woman died of a heart attack allegedly during a police raid at her house in Mirak Shah colony of Batapora Habak in the outskirts of Srinagar.
The protesters including the family of the deceased woman shouted slogans to demand stern action against police personnel who were part of the alleged raid.
“I along with my mother used to sleep in a particular room. There was some knocking sound outside our residence and I informed my mother accordingly. I opened the door and saw policemen. They pushed me aside and entered inside,” the daughter of the deceased woman told reporters during the protest.
She said the policemen asked about her brother and told them that they wanted to interrogate him.
“I told them he was sleeping and was not keeping well from yesterday. Meanwhile, some of them went upstairs and carried out searches,” she said. “Then they took my brother but my father did not let them take him and told them to take him (father) along as well. As they went (policemen) outside, my mother fell on the verandah. A policeman told our relative (a woman) to take care of her and she responded she is no more. Hearing this, they left my brother and fled, but took away his mobile.”
Javed Ahmad, the deceased woman’s son, said police came at 2:30 a.m.
“They were talking to my father outside while I was sleeping. They woke me up and sought my phone. I gave it to them and showed them the screen lock pattern,” he said, adding, “There was my laptop. First, they tried to take it along but then told me to leave it there. My father and mother held me up and took me outside. In the meantime, my mother had fallen.”
Javed said that policemen told him to come to Police Station Zakura “even as our house falls within the jurisdiction of Police Station Nigeen.”
The protesters demanded justice and those guilty to be brought to book. “Today it has happened with us, tomorrow it can happen with somebody else,” they said, reiterating their demand for justice.
A top police officer told GNS, “We are collecting the factual details.” (GNS)