Bandipora family accuses cops of beating up; Police denies

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A family from Hajin area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district has alleged that all of them were beaten by the police on Monday evening.

The allegation was denied by the police which said its personnel were pelted with stones in Hajin bazaar as they were directing the shutdown of shops during COVID19 lockdown.

Mudasir Bashir Parray, one of the family members who alleged he was beaten by the police, said his younger brother was detained for breaking the COVID-19 protocols as he had kept his shop open during the day. “He was released in the evening but they [police] had kept the keys of the shop,” he said.

It was around 7:30 pm when Parray’s sixteen-month-old daughter demanded an ice cream and he accessed the shop through a backdoor. “Police then barged into the shop as they had its keys and started beating them,” said Parray.

Parray alleged that the policemen also “misbehaved and abused”.

Parray further alleged that “two bullets were shot and teargas was fired”. “The entire village is a witness,” he said.

He alleged that their father was “hit by the baton on the head and he is now hospitalized”. “He fell unconscious … We took him to Sumbal hospital where doctors recommended an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging),” said Parray.

Parray added: “My father is in pain currently and not able to hear properly.”

In the morning, Parray said, numberdar visited them and told the entire family that they have to present themselves in the police station. “He said an FIR [under section] 307 has been registered against us,” said Parray.

However, Rayees Ahmad Station House Officer (SHO) Hajin denied such an incident took place and said that “they didn’t arrest anyone”.

“We had gone there for some rescue operation after an accident,” he said. “…we saw some shops were open there, people had gathered so we tried to disperse them but they started pelting stones.”

He added that the family started pelting stones then the people in the neighborhood joined in. “An FIR has been registered against them for stone-pelting,” said the SHO.

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