Family members of a Power Development Department employee, Muhammad Ramzan, on Thursday alleged that a counter-insurgency party after raiding their house thrashed them mercilessly during 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 Deputy Superintendent of Police Operations barged into their house during day time and started enquiring about her husband Muhammad Ramzan and son Parvez Ahmed.
“They left the place 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 rebels as her husband is a government employee and her 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 my 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 Fehmada Banoo and they also beat my another daughter Arbee Jan to pulp who is expecting a baby next month,” Raja Begum told CNS.
She said that it was a nightmare for her family as she failed 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 named Bilal Molvi, a resident of Lelhar Pulwama was a militant who lost his life during an encounter few months back. “When Bilal was alive, security men used to raid our house to seek 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 Tajinder Singh who assured us action into the matter,” one of the protestor said.
When contacted, a top police official from the district told CNS that he doesn’t know how and why this happened.
Senior Superintendent of Police Pulwama Tajinder Singh while confirming the incident told CNS 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 consequences.” Singh said.