Police Begins Probe, Recover Weapon Of Offense
By Majid Nabi
Srinagar- An elderly woman had a narrow escape, after an unknown person allegedly tried to attack her with a knife at her home in Shalimar area of Srinagar on Thursday. However the victim raised a hue and cry, prompting the assailant to escape.
The incident took place a few hours after a non-local female beggar was arrested by the police for kidnapping a 4-years-old boy in central Kashmir’s Budgam district this morning.
Panic gripped the entire Kandar Mohalla locality in Shalimar area after an unknown person allegedly tried to attack and snatch earrings of an elderly woman, who was preparing for Zuhr prayers.
“Barely few minutes after finishing lunch, I went to perform ablution for (Zuhr) afternoon prayers. As soon as I opened the door, an unknown person appeared in front of me, trapped me, pulled out a knife and put it on my throat,” Raja, victim, told Kashmir Observer.
The lady claimed that the unidentified attacker then attempted to snatch her earrings, before she screamed for help from her family and neighbors.
“I was completely shocked and could not see his face. I raised a hue and cry to grab the attention of my family and neighbors. When I screamed out loud, he tried to strangle me, however a knife fell out of the attacker’s hands and he ran away, till my family members arrived,” she added.
Bashir Ahmad Sofi, husband of the victim, said the people from his locality ran after the attacker, who however managed to flee from the scene.
“This is a wakeup call for everyone; I think we are not even safe in our homes too. Police must identify these unknown assailants who make their entry into residential houses and carry out burglaries. This incident has left us shocked; how an unknown person could barge into someone’s house and then try to steal valuables,” Sofi told Kashmir Observer.
Meanwhile police have taken cognizance of the incident and set investigation into motion.
A senior police official at Harwan police station said the knife used in commission of crime has been taken into possession and investigation set into motion.
“Weapon of offense (knife) has been taken into possession and investigation has been started. Police are investigating the case from all angles and efforts are on to trace the attacker,” he said.
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