‘Money demanded to trace drowned girl’

Unfortunate allegation; did what was not done in such cases earlier: SSP Srinagar  

SRINAGAR: Family of a girl, who jumped in the river Jehlum from Amira Kadal Bridge eight days back, today accused police of demanding money to trace out her body. Police however denied the allegation.

A 14-year-old girl from Baran Pathar, Batmaloo jumped in the river on March 19, apparently to commit suicide.  The girl’s grandfather today alleged that the river police were taking money from the family for fuel of motor boats which have been pressed into service to trace the girls body.

When contacted, SSP Srinagar Amit Kumar however denied the allegation levelled by girl’s family and termed it absolutely baseless . “It is unfortunate that they have levelled such an allegation which is baseless and far from truth. ”

He stated that girl jumped into river Jehlum on Wednesday to commit suicide. “Immediately two police parties from Maisuma and Shaheed Gunj were rushed to the spot for fishing out the body. This exercise continued on March 19 intervening night of 19 and 20th. Then during intervening night of 20, 21. To optimize the police mission, one motor boat from river police too was used continuously.”

SSP added that in a significant development, first time in operations of such nature, elite MARCOS (marine Commanders) of Indian Navy were pressed into service on March 21. In spite of their best efforts, unfortunately body could not be fished out. 

“MARCOS has placed their best 16 divers and speed boats at our disposal and they are led by an officer of the rank of Major. 

Police has also deployed its personnel during the night hours too for spotting the body.” (KNS)

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