Police Drops Case Aainst Zahida

SRINAGAR: Police today said they would not proceed against the girl who was arrested in Anantnag last week for her alleged involvement in 2010 summer protests.

Zahida, daughter of Ghulam Ahmad Dar of Batengo Anantnag, was arrested last Friday for her alleged involvement in 2010 summer protests and was released on bail by a court. 

Zahida’s detention had sparked protests and allegations of double standards against authorities.

Inspector General of Police S M Sahai issued a statement here today saying that during the year 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 were no serious charges of violence. So keeping all this in view, we have decided not to proceed further in this case also”, said Sahai.

In 2010 mass unrest, Zahidal had sustained a bullet injury in her right leg when police and security forces opened fire on a funeral procession of a boy, who had drowned in a river in the area. The boy had jumped into the river allegedly after he was chased by police. 

Police had later charged her under section 148, 149 (rioting with deadly weapons), 307 (attempt to murder) 355 (assault) and other various sections of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC). However, the family and the girl had no information about the FIR and other cases registered against her. They came to know only after police arrested the girl on Friday.


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