“I was sitting in my house with my husband, sons and grandsons when police barged in. They accused me of hiding stone pelters inside my house. I denied, and said they were free to look around but they started beating me and my husband with sticks,“ she told TOI on Friday evening. Her husband, Shivnarain, said, “I was lying on my cot when the policemen entered our house. They started abusing and assaulting us despite our pleading that we were not rioters.“ Both their sons and four grandsons were also beaten up, the elderly couple says.
Kamlabai alleges that police fired four to five tear gas shells into her house. “Our house is on a farm behind Phanda petrol pump. Chased by police, some protesters ran through the courtyard of my house and into the farms behind us, but neither I nor any member of my family was pelting stones at police. We were all sitting inside the house since we knew that the situation in the village was tense,“ Kamlabai said. Police took seven members of the Mewade family -including Kamlabai -to Khajuri police station. Her grandsons were arrested.
That wasn’t the end of her ordeal. On Saturday , Kamalabai and her son went to Dussehra Maidan to meet the CM and complain about the “police atrocities“. However, police turned them away . SP-North Arvind Saxena told TOI that he will investigate the complaint.