Srinagar, March 11, 2013 (PPI-OT): Groups of women, mostly mothers and sisters of the arrested youth, can be seen waiting outside police stations to get their sons and brothers released from the lockups.
With tears in her eyes, a Kashmiri woman, Afroza Banoo told local news agency, “My son has been lodged in police station Saddar and the policemen on the gate are not allowing me to meet my son.” Her daughter, Rumisa (name changed) expressed the same views with tearful eyes. She said that her brother who was arrested by police during nocturnal raid had been lodged in the police station Saddar and the cops were not allowing them to see him.
Station House Officer (SHO) police station Saddar told the news agency that he was not authorized to divulge the information about the arrested youth.
Scores of women were seen, in similar circumstances, outside Karan Nagar, Maharaj Gunj, Batamaloo, Parimpora, Nowhatta, Safakadal and Khanyar police stations.
“We have arrested 22 boys …. We are still in search of others who are a threat to peace,” a police officer said
In north Kashmir’s Baramulla, Bandipora and Handwara areas also women were seen waiting outside police stations. “Policemen on the gate are not allowing us to enter into the police station and we are waiting here like beggars for past many hours,” Sumira Akhtar said adding she wants to know about her brother who has been arrested by police.
Same scenes were seen in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district where dozens of women were seen waiting outside police stations for having a glimpse of their sons and brothers.
“My brother was arrested by Damhal Hanjipora police station Kulgam. There is repression everywhere and one must raise his voice against this repression,” Atiqa said.
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