LUCKNOW: Ram Kumari, 90, can barely walk but has been booked by Hamirpur police for selling kerosene in the black market. The incident came to light after the elderly woman and her kin sat on a dharna in front of the collectorate to protest the police action against the nonagenarian on Thursday.
According to reports, Ram Kumari, a resident of Binwar in Hamirpur, was accused of selling kerosene in the black market.
During a raid in Binwar a few days ago, a team of district officials and local police seized a tanker containing 9,800 litres of kerosene. The tanker owner and driver, however, fled the site.
Cops later grilled over half-a-dozen locals including Ram Kumari and booked them all on charges for the same, sources said. The tanker was seized from the spot just next to Ram Kumari’s house.
According to sources, the cops after naming her in the FIR, went to her house to take her into custody. Her family, however, resisted the move and a scuffle ensued between both parties. Later villagers also joined Ram Kumari’s kin and sent the police team.
Police filed a false case against her and are now asking us to hand her over to them. How can a person who can’t even walk properly and has literally no sight indulge in black marketing?” asked a relative.
While Ram Kumar’s kin and other villagers demanded the district authorities to drop her name from the FIR, SHO Amit Trivedi of Kotwali police station claimed that her name would certainly be struck off if she was found innocent.