Sopore protests Raja Begum’s detention

Srinagar, Dec 9: Police have detained a woman who happens to be the owner of a house destroyed during an encounter in Sopore on Wednesday.While police maintained that she was arrested on charg...

Srinagar, Dec 9: Police have detained a woman who happens to be the owner of a house destroyed during an encounter in Sopore on Wednesday.
While police maintained that she was arrested on charges of "abetment to murder," protests broke out in the town after her arrest.
Raja Begum, 47, is a widow and works as a Safai Karamchari in Sub-District Hospital Sopore.
Her husband, Muhammad Ramzan Sheikh died of prolonged illness some five years ago. Raja's profession is the major earning source of earning for the family whose house was blasted during the encounter in model town Sopore.
Police sources said Raja was taken into custody because "she has given shelter to a militant who killed an army Captain."
A police official, while giving details about the encounter, said the party of police and army intercepted two militants on road in modal town while they were heading to some place.
"One among the two militants was suffering from illness. So probably they were going to clinic for treatment before they were intercepted by army contingent from Seelu," the police official said. "After exchange of gunfire with the militants, one militant fled while another entered into the house of Raja Begum".
But the police officials who are investigating the case said that Begum was "treating the unwell militant for a long time."
During a two day long encounter two persons including a militant and an army captain were killed. The gunfight, according to police, led to death of a Pakistani militant, Ubaidullah Baqi when joint team of Army, SOG and CRPF blasted the house where he was holed up.
Following the arrest of Begum, protests were witnessed in the town.
The locals including women and children took to streets and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations.
Chanting pro-freedom slogans, they were demanding the immediate release of the woman.
The protesters blocked the Sopore-Kupwara highway. The blockade ended after half an hour. Later, police reached the spot and assured the release of the woman.
The Superintendent of Police, Sopore, Altaf Khan said Raja was detained on charges of "abetment to murder". "The militants were hiding in her house which led to death of an army Captain".
The police said she was lodged in Women's Police Station.

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