Pune woman labelled suicide bomber says never arrested by J&K cops

PUNE: A Pune-based woman, detained by Jammu and Kashmir Police on January 25 on “inputs” of being a suicide bomber on a mission to disrupt a Republic Day function in Srinagar, today claimed that she was never “caught or arrested” but had herself approached the police.

Addressing a press conference with her family members today, Sadiya Anwar Shaikh said that she had gone to the Valley to secure admission for a nursing course in the State.

J&K DGP S P Vaid said yesterday that Shaikh had been handed over to her family by the State police.

The police, who claimed that Shaikh (18) wanted to join the ISIS, detained her on January 25 from South Kashmir and subjected her to intense questioning during which they found nothing incriminating.

“I had gone to the Valley to take admission in a nursing course in the State and I was staying at a friend’s house in South Kashmir,” she told reporters.

Shaikh said she decided to approach the police on her own after she was shocked to find that she was labelled as a “suicide bomber” by some newspapers. (AGENCIES)