Family members of a Power Development Department employee Thursday alleged that a counter-insurgency party after raiding their house thrashed them mercilessly during dead of a night. The incident sparked a massive protest in Batapora, Wanpora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
An elderly woman Raja Begum wife of PDD employee Muhammad Ramzan Teli told CNS that a Special Operation Group party from Budgam headed by Dy SP Operations barged into their house during day time and started enquiring about her husband (Muhammad Ramzan) and son Parvez Ahmed. “They left the place without harassing us after I informed them Ramzan and Parvez are not present in the house,” she said adding that neither her husband nor her son has any connection with militants as his husband is a government employee and son Parvez is undergoing training in Nursing course at Noorani Paramedical College in Pulwama.
Raja Begum added that as the day passed, the same SOG party raided their house during the dead of the night. “As I told them that her husband has night duty, they pounced upon my son Javid Ahmed. When I tried to save my son from their ‘wrath’ they started beating us all with gun-buts. Blood oozed out from my 27 year old daughter Fehmeeda Banoo and they also beat my other daughter Arbee Jan to pulp who is expecting a baby next month,” Raja Begum said.
She said that it was a nightmare for her family as she fails to understand why SOG men let loose a reign of terror during late hours. “We are feeling insecure and will never forget what these SOG men did to us,” she said.
Raja Begum elaborated that one of their relatives Bilal Molvi, a resident of Lelhar Pulwama, was a militant who lost his life during an encounter few months back. “When Bilal was alive, forces used to raid our house to seek about his whereabouts but they never harassed us. This is the first time when we were treated like cattle and even my daughters were interrogated,” Raja Begum said.
The protestors amid anti-SOG slogans demanded stern action against the men who were part of the raid. “We approached to SSP Pulwama Tejinder Singh who assured us action into the matter,” one of the protestors said.
When contacted, a top police official from the district said that he doesn’t know how and why this happened.
SSP Pulwama Tejinder Singh while confirming the incident said that he has taken up the issue with higher authorities and investigation is going on. “I assure the victims that nobody is above law and anybody found guilty will face the music,” Singh said.