Police not to act against Zahida

Handicapped Girl Was Detained Last Week For Stone-Pelting


Srinagar, Dec 25: Facing severe criticism against the arrest of a girl in Islamabad (Anantnag) district of south Kashmir on charges of stone throwing, police Tuesday said that they will not proceed further in the case.
On Friday, Zahida, 24, of Botengo village was called to the local police station and detained for night for her alleged involvement in a stone throwing and arson incident during 2010 summer unrest that left more than 120 people dead in police and CRPF firing.
Police has alleged that she led a group of people who torched a petrol filling station near Delhi Darbar restaurant at Khanabal Chowk and attempted to kill uniformed men. They also alleged that an ambulance had been set on fire at the same spot overnight. While dispersing the protesters, two youth were killed in police firing while Zahida sustained gunshot wounds in her thigh. The wounds have left Zahida handicapped.
Police Tuesday evening released a statement quoting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Zone, S M Sahai, saying that police will not proceed further against Zahida.
Sahai said that during 2010, cases were lodged against people involved in various acts of disturbances. “The Government later announced that the police will not proceed further against the accused, against whom there are no serious charges of violence. So keeping all this in view, we have decided not to proceed further in this case also,” the IGP said in the statement.
The arrest of the handicapped girl evoked strong resentment from the separatist camp with Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani terming it “madness” of police.
Pertinently, on August 28, 2011, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced general amnesty for youths involved in over 1,200 cases of stone-pelting in the Valley during 2010 summer unrest.
“We have decided to give the youths a second chance. Cases against all the youths arrested on charges of stone-pelting, but not involved in arson, registered during last year's disturbance will be withdrawn," Omar had said.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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