Wives of three Bandipora men stage protest, seek early release of their spouses
Srinagar: Three women from Dardpora village in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district Thursday staged a protest here demanding whereabouts of their husbands who they said were called to the police station for questioning and have not been released since.
The protesting women from Gujjar-Bakerwal community said their spouses were called to police post Sumlar, Bandipora for questioning some two-and-half months back and were later shifted to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu for unknown reasons.
The women appeared at Srinagar’s Press Enclave here this afternoon and staged a protest seeking early release of their spouses.
They appealed to the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha and Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh to intervene in the matter.
“Some policemen from police chowki Sumlar came to our residence some two-and-half month ago and took our spouses for questioning. When we visited the chowki next day, we were assured that all three would be released in the evening. However, it has been two-and-half months but they have not been released yet,” one of the protesting woman told the media.
They identified the trio as Muhammad Amin Gojar, Muhammad Suleiman Gojar and Abdul Bari, all residents of Sumlar, Dardpora village in Bandipora.
The women said that all the three men work as laborers and are not involved in any anti-national activity. They appealed to the administration to get credentials of their spouses verified before they are implicated in any case.
“We have minor children who always ask for their fathers. We are extremely poor people, our spouses work as laborers. They have never been involved in any subversive activity which could justify their detention. We appeal to the administration to have pity on our minor kids and release our husbands at the earliest,” they added.