Woman dies of heart attack during police raid in Valley

Protests break out in Kulgam, locals allege high-handedness

Protests broke out in south Kashmir’s Kulgam area on Monday following the death of a woman due to heart attack during a raid by security forces, police sources said.

Nazira Begum, 55, suffered a heart attack when a joint team of police and army raided her house on Sunday night, the source added. The woman was taken to hospital but was declared brought dead.

Local residents took to streets on Monday morning to protest the alleged high-handedness of the security forces. They claimed that the security forces did not follow the standard operating procedure as they did not have any woman cops accompanying them.

The protesters blocked the main road of Kulgam town even as police tried to persuade them to disperse peacefully, the source said. Heated arguments between the two sides led to clashes. A police spokesman said the cause of woman’s death is being investigated.

J-K CPI (M) demands probe Jammu and Kashmir unit of CPI (M) on Monday demanded a time-bound probe into the death of the woman.

“We demand a time-bound magisterial inquiry into the incident to find out the truth. The incident is highly condemnable and a stern action under law must be taken against the culprits,” said party state secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami.

The CPI (M) leader demanded the immediate release of the youth, who have been arrested by police on charges of stone-pelting during the protests following the execution of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru.

He also asked the Centre to return the mortal remains of Guru to his family.

Security Commission

Jammu and Kashmir government will set up a state security commission to be headed by the chief minister to review security scenario and frame policy guidelines under the proposed J&K Police Bill 2013.

“The government within six months of the coming into force of this Act (J&K Police Act), will establish a state security commission (SSC),” according to the draft J&K Police Bill, 2013.

The Bill is likely to be tabled in the forthcoming budget session of the Assembly starting from February 28. The commission will advise the government in discharge of its functions under the Act, review the security scenario.

The commission will have the chief minister as the chairperson, home minister or minister of state (MoS) for home as vice chairperson, a retired high court judge nominated by chief justice of J&K High Court, chief secretary, administer secretary of home department, DGP and three non-official members, one of whom would be a woman.

The commission would submit a report annually to the state government which will be tabled in the Assembly. It shall also appoint three-member panel of experts familiar with the functioning of police or public administration to review and evaluate the performance of the police force annually.

The draft plan has been prepared in pursuance to the judgement of the Supreme Court passed relating to the police reforms, he said.

The government has invited suggestions and comments from general public, social organisations, NGOs, academicians and other stakeholders with regards to the draft Bill.

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