Gunmen attacked me: Mother of missing son
Srinagar, Mar 11: A 70-year-old woman, who is seeking whereabouts of her missing son, on Wednesday said she was attacked by unidentified gunmen twice in recent months at Tregpora in Rafiabad.
Her two guards, who have been provided by the state government on the orders of the High Court, fired back to thwart the attack.
Bakhti’s son Manzoor Ahmad Wani was subjected to enforced disappearance allegedly by gunmen and Army on December 21, 2001.
“My son was picked up by Jehangir, Qayoom both of them government gunmen and Major Bhattacharya of 28-Rashtriya Rifles. I searched for my son everywhere, but of no avail. Finally I moved the court,” Bakhti told Greater Kashmir at Pratap Park here.
While Jehangir was killed by the militants, Qayoom is in jail.
Bakhti has been provided two PSOs by the government. However, despite living under security, Bakhti said that gunmen made several attempts on her life. “They want to kill me,” she said.
Her version was corroborated by her two PSOs.
“On Tuesday evening at 8:25 pm, four unidentified gunmen tried to break the window of Bakhti’s house to enter inside. As soon we noticed that they were carrying weapons, we opened fire in air. The assailants fled,” said Ghulam Nabi, one of the PSO of Bakhti.
Her another PSO, Shahnaz said on January 16, 2010 unidentified gunmen attacked the house. “I was without weapon that day and as soon I noticed the movement I called my SP. He immediately called the local Army unit and they sent the reinforcement. We are trying to catch the attackers, but being only two PSOs it is difficult,” he said.
Bakhti who had come to attend the monthly rally of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons here said she fears for her life.
“They know once I’m dead nobody will follow the case. I appeal to the international human rights organisations and the chief minister, Omar Abdullah, to come to the rescue of an ailing old lady,” Bakhti added.
The Station House Officer Sopur, Aftab Ahmad, said, “We have lodged an FIR in the latest incident and started the investigations. There are conflicting reports about the incident.”
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