* Separatists condemn police action
SRINAGAR, Dec 22: A woman was arrested in Anantnag for allegedly taking part in 2010 protests. However, she was later released on bail.
Identified as Zahida Akhtar, a resident of Boetengh village of Khanbal in Anantnag, she is being is being accused by police for indulging into stone pelting and rioting during the 2010 street protests. However, her family has strongly denied the charge.
Her brother Adil Ahmad Dar said that while she was released on bail but police have asked them to present her again in police station.
Zahida was arrested yesterday and lodged in Sadar Police station in Anantnag.
Giving details of the arrest, Adil said the cops visited their house on December 20 and were looking for her. “We assured the police to bring her to the police station next day. When we took her to the police station, she was arrested. We do not know why she was arrested,” he said.
The cops booked Zahida under Section 148, rioting with deadly weapon; 149, participation in an unlawful assembly; 355, use of force with criminal intent; 336, endangering life of a person, of the Ranbir Penal Code in an FIR.
Ghulam Ahmad Dar, father of Zahida said his daughter received a bullet in the right leg when she was part of the funeral of Maroof Ahmad Nath, a local youth who jumped into a river and died after police chased him in September 2010. Two youth died when security forces fired upon the crowd carrying the body of Nath.
“She was a bystander. Everyone was protesting against the killing of Nath. In 2010, every resident of Anantnag was protesting, why are they after my daughter only? And why after two years,” asked Dar.
The family said Zahida is a school dropout and is on medication. “She is not well and is on medication. The bullet has already crippled her life,” said Adil.
Meanwhile, the separatists condemned the arrest of Zahida.
In a statement chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani, described it as the “madness of police”, and warned the state of its possible consequences.
“While police is still harassing youth for participating in protests in 2010, it has arrested a girl for throwing stones. It is police’s madness, and it (arrest) will have serious consequences if the girl is not released forthwith.”
Geelani, however, said that civilised world recognizes stone pelting as a symbol of resistance.
“The entire civilized world recognizes stone pelting as a symbol of resistance. Nowhere except Kashmir are cases registered against the stone throwers,” he said, and slammed SSPAnantnag for allegedly harassing Kashmiris.
“He (SSP) considers harassing Kashmiris as his religious duty, and the girl arrested on his directions. He is known for harassing Kashmiris wherever he was posted. Earlier he tortured Kashmiris in Jammu’s JIC jail,” he said.
KT NEWS SERVICE