SRINAGAR: Witnesses of the Parimpora accident that led to the death of a young woman on Tuesday rejected the police claim that blamed stone-pelting in the area for the death of Fozia Sidiq.
Police in a statement issued to media had said, “”Stone pelting led to the death of a young girl on Tuesday morning when she along with her sister was hit by a vehicle near Parimpora in Srinagar city,”
Witnesses said there was no stone-pelting going on in the area at that time. “It was early morning and around 6:30 am a cream-coloured Mahindra Scorpio car moved backwards after seeing the blockade that was at the place since the previous night. Perhaps the driver was frightened on seeing the blockade, but I can tell you with assurance that there was no stone pelting going on,” said Bilal Ahmad, resident of Parimpora.
“People were on morning walk at that time. If there would have been stone pelting as police have claimed, then how were so many people walking at that time?” locals said.
The residents said that the sisters Fozia and Nadia were also on a morning walk.
Witnesses said that the death of the girl was caused by the negligence of the driver. “He was moving backwards at a great speed. It seemed he had pressed the accelerator instead of the brakes by mistake. The vehicle even damaged the wall of a lane,” said a witness, Suhail.
“If there was any stone pelting going on at that time, then why instead of police did the driver ferry the injured to the hospital? Why did not the police reach the spot as the police station Parimpora is a few metres away from where the accident happened?” the witnesses questioned.
Family members of Fozia Sidiq had similar views to express. “There was no stone pelting going on at that time. There were three vehicles ahead of the girls. If there would have been stone pelting going on, then the two other vehicles would also have moved backwards like the driver of the Scorpio did,” said Babar, a family member.
Inspector General of Police Syed Mujtaba Gilani said that there were stones being pelted on vehicles and in the process one vehicle that had turned backwards hit the two girls. He further stated that police were trying to identify the vehicle. He also said that there was no force deployment in the area.