‘Wife attacked by unknown persons’
Srinagar: The family members and relatives of incarcerated Sarjan Barkati held a protest in Srinagar Wednesday demanding his immediate release.
Barkati, a resident of Reban village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, known for his rhythmic sloganeering during 2016 unrest, was arrested after he addressed many protest rallies in south Kashmir districts.
Family members and relatives of Barkati assembled at the Press Enclave in Srinagar and shouted slogans demanding his release.
“Release the father of two innocent children,” the family said.
Barkati’s daughter Sugra, said that they are not feeling safe without her father at home.
“On 7th July at 8:30 pm, my mother was going to a nearby house to bring milk, some unknown person tried to strangulate her with her scarf,” she said, adding, that the milk utensil dropped from her hands creating a sound and alarming the people around her.
“When we opened the window we saw our mother lying on the road in an unconscious condition,” Surga said.
She said that they started crying and the neighbours came out of their houses and helped her mother.
“We have registered an FIR in Zainapora police station. The police is investigating the case,” she added.
Urging authorities to release her father, she said that if authorities do not release her father, “then they should jail us too, so that we can live with our father and feel secure.”
Surga said that she cannot concentrate on her studies, because “I remember my father every day.”
Barkati’s son Azan said that he has only one dream.
“I have only one dream that I want to spend some time with my father.”
“It is very difficult for me to live without my father,” he said, requesting governor Satya Paul Malik to release his father.
Barkati’s wife Shabrooza said that after his arrest their children are not feeling well.
“We sleep at a neighbour’s house,” said Shabrooza adding that they do not feel secure at home.
“I mostly remain busy in courts to seek bail for my husband. As there is no one to take care of my expenditures, we face terrible hardships,” she said