Epilogue came across a viral news item on social media claiming that a Kashmiri Pandit namely Sh M L Kaul has passed away due to police lathicharge. The message ( Screen shot attached) claimed that this happened in Ambika Vihar , Talab Tilloo area while some free ration distribution was going on police retorted to lathi charge leading to death of this person.
Epilogue in order to confirm the veracity of the viral news item contacted the concerned SDPO Ms Shewatambari Sharma who refuted the claim saying that our police force is not involved in the demise of this person. She added that yesterday the police men under the supervision of concerned Tehsildar Mr Baru a free ration distribution camp was going on among outstation migrant families in the Poonch house, Talab Tilloo area. While the process was going on a woman migrant labour came calling about the fall of an old man in the vicinity. Further adding that Police visited the spot which was just near to this distribution point and lifted the person to medical college where the doctors declared him dead. She further claimed that doctors have attributed cardiac arrest as the reason for death. Adding that all such reports are false and malafied.
Our team also visited the concerned Talab Tilloo police post where the concerned Sub Inspector Mr Kali Charan in a detailed conversation maintained the same version of SDPO. He said that after they sounded alert in the area through locals and one person claimed to know the family got the family member the wife of now deceased along with a neighbour on spot and the person was shifted to the hospital. The doctor cited heart attack as the reason for death. He further claimed that the department is actively pursuing the case and he has sent all the details necessary to concerned authorities since he is privy to the fact that the daughters of the deceased person are on way to attend the last rites from outside J&K.
Our team further went to the home of the deceased where we had a detailed interaction with the family members.
They claim the deceased left home to fetch medicines and are not exactly sure what happened. They said that when they received the message they immediately rushed to the spot in car and shifted the person to Hospital in their car. However they have a strong grudge against the inaction of police authorities who didn’t move the person to Hospital. As per the version of the family members present the post mortem of the deceased has not been conducted yet and as of now the family is not ready to go for post mortem. They just wish the facilitation of the family members to enter J&K from the concerned authorities.
The concerned Tehsildar Mr Baru visited the family while our team was at spot and assured all possible help. He talked to several concerned officers to facilitate their entry of the siblings who are on way to Jammu from Pune and assured all help guiding the family members to ensure sanitation in house and all possible means of social distancing.
Inspector General of Police Mr Mukesh Singh through a tweet has refuted these allegations and viral social media message claiming the news item circulated on social media is fabricated and far from the reality as no Police action was involved. tweeting his response with a screen shot of a message which also claims that the post mortem report issued by the doctor mentions death due to cardiac arrest.