The Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday booked a mother and her daughter accusing the duo of purportedly raising anti-India slogans following an encounter in Rangreth area of Srinagar city.
The two women were identified, according to reports, as Afrooza and her daughter Aisha, who are the residents of Wanbal area of Rawalpora, a locality in the city outskirts. The two are currently being held at a Srinagar’s police station for women.
They said the duo were arrested by Police Station Saddar and were later shifted to Women’s Police Station Rambagh after completing the legal formalities.
Afroza, wife of Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi and their daughter Ayesha were charged under Sections 147 and 148 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code and lodged at Women’s police station Rambagh here, they said.
Police had shot dead two militants at a marketplace in the high security Rangreth area of Srinagar on Monday.
Some residents, mostly women, staged a protest soon afterwards raising slogans against the government forces amidst claims that the shootout was “staged”.
Several social media users have also questioned the authenticity of the shootout.
Police, late on Monday, issued an advisory on Twitter and warned the social media users against “aiding and abetting terrorism”.
“Beware Social Media users. #Aiding & #abetting of #terror is as grave as the actual act of terror. It is #punishable under UAPA,” the Kashmir Zonal police tweeted.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday slammed the arrest of a woman and her daughter.
Taking to Twitter, the former Chief Minister termed the arrest of the mother-daughter duo as a new low in Kashmir.
“Arresting women in Kashmir marks a new low for the administration that persecutes civilians only to please their masters in Delhi. The situation is getting worse & instead of reaching out to the people, GOI is pushing them to the wall,” Mehbooba Tweeted.