Police deny arresting civilian for rape
Kashmir police on Thursday denied arresting any civilian for instigating the Kulgam woman to allege abduction and rape against the unidentified army personnel in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
“We have not arrested anyone in the case. What the news agencies have circulated is wrong. The special investigation team (investigating the case) is yet to complete its report,” said superintendent of police Kulgam Mubashir Latief.
A 25-year-old Kulgam woman on July 21 alleged that she was abducted in village Gujjar Dar by unidentified army men. She alleged the duo raped her in a hutment for a night before allowing her to go on July 22.
A PTI report had claimed that south Kashmir police had “detained a man on charges of instigating a woman to put the blame on the army”. The report claimed the day she disappeared she had a quarrel with her husband and left home in a huff. “After wandering overnight, she met a person while on her way back to home who asked her to blame army," the PTI quoted an officer said.
“No civilian has been detained in the case. It will take the special investigation team a few more days,” said SP Latief said.
The woman’s house continues to be under strict security vigil. “The woman has some apprehensions so we have provided security to her at the house on her request,” said the police officer.
Security restrictions at Manzgam village were lifted on Wednesday, five days after the violent protests broke out there. The locals assured the police that no protests would be held in the area now.
“We convened a meeting with senior citizens, panchs and sarpanchs of the area who assured of maintaining peace,” a senior police official was quoted by the media.