Trehgam Locals Accuse Police Of Firing Teargas On Women

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SRINAGAR — The residents of Trehgam area of north Kash­mir’s Kupwara district on Satur­day accused police of thrashing the women and firing teargas shells on them while they were fetching water from a pond.

The locals alleged that a group of women had gathered in the in­teriors of Trehgam near Najar Mo­halla to fetch water from the pond.

“There was no law and order problem in the area. Suddenly a posse of police arrived and fired teargas shells which led to suffo­cation of two girls,” they alleged.

Two girls Showkeena Bano, 28, and Amina Bano, 19, fell un­conscious and were taken to a nearby hospital at Trehgam, the locals said.

“There was no doctor present at that time except the BMO who himself treated upon the duo and later referred them to Kupwara Sub-District hospital for ad­vanced treatment,” Mohammad Akbar Zargar, father of Show­keena said.

Both girls regained conscious­ness and are now stable, said Mohammad Maqbool Zargar, father of Aamina. The parents of both the girls demanded action against the police team led by SHO and his PSOs who fired tear smoke shells on women.

Meanwhile, a police officer said that he was present on the spot and termed all the allegations levelled by people against police as baseless.

“The police team was busy clearing the traffic jam in which two ambulances arriving from Kralpora were stranded. The lo­cals had blocked the road,” he said.

He said the police team led by SHO tried to clear the blockade which infuriated the people.

“As the police team tried to re­move the blockade, the people in­cluding the women started shout­ing slogans,” the officer said. “Apprehending law and order problem, pepper spray was used and the road was cleared.” (GNS)

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