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The Jammu and Kashmir human rights panel Thursday directed a police officer to appear before it in connection with alleged use of excessive force against a woman protestor in Srinagar last month.

Javaid Kawos, member of the state human rights commission, issued directions to the Srinagar senior superintendent of police to appear before the panel Oct 4.

“The commission has taken suo moto cognizance of a woman protestor fainting after police quelled a protest in Batmaloo area in July where the locals had hit the road against acute shortage of electricity,” a source in the rights panel told IANS.

The source said that the commission earlier sought a report on the incident from the director general of police and the senior superintendent of police.

“The report was not submitted on the scheduled date and today the commission asked the Srinagar senior superintendent of police to appear in person on Oct 4,” the source said.

The panel sought a reply on why women police personnel were allegedly not present to control the protestors, the source said.

The victim was allegedly pushed by a policeman, causing her to faint on the road, the source said.

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