Arrests trigger clashes in Palhalan

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PATTAN: Clashes erupted between agitated youth and police in Palhalan Pattan after police arrested a youth accused of involvement in the ‘killing’ of a head constable during stone pelting on Eid day last year. Police has also arrested  Tehreek-i-Hurriyat Tehsil President Nasir Abdullah for his alleged involvement in the same case.

Meanwhile Police filed a charge sheet against 16 youth in a Baramulla court for their alleged involvement in stone-pelting that resulted into the death of a police constable in Palhalan area of Pattan last year.

Head Constable Kawal Nain Singh had died after his vehicle was hurled with stones during a protest on Eid day last year in Palhalan.

According to police Nain Singh was hit by a stone in the head and subsequently lost the control of his vehicle and it collided with an electricity pole resulting in his death.

Police has filed Challan against 19 youth in the case in the court of Principal and District Sessions Judge Baramulla. The chargesheet says that 16 youth accused in the killing were still absconding.

Police has identified some of the absconding as Farooq Ahmed Dar, Abdul Ahad Dar, Javid Ahmed Dar, Javid Naikoo, Feroz Bhat, Aijaz Bhat, Tariq Bhat, Nisar Bhat, Bilal Tantray, Parviz Gojri, Tariq Bhat and Yasin Gojri. All these youth have been booked under section 34, 148,149, 336, 332, 307, 435, 511, 302, of RPC vide FIR number 264/2013. Court has already bailed out two accused including a minor in this case.

One of the accused Nisar Ahmed Bhat shown absconding in the chargesheet was arrested by police near Hyderbeigh. Reports said that soon after his arrest, groups of youth pelted stones on police party while police resorted to teargas shelling. During the clashes which lasted for hours, at least three persons were injured.

A top police told CNS that Bhat was a known criminal who wanted in different cases. “Several  FIR’s vide 263, 264, 188, 167, 88/2013 under section 148, 149, 336, 332, 307 of RPC stands registered against him different police stations,” he said adding that some miscreants targeted police party without any provocation.

Meanwhile police said that it has arrested Tehreek-i-Hurriyat Tehsil President Nasir Abdullah.

“Pattan police was after him from past several months and finally he was arrested by Sopore Police,” a police official said adding that on the eve of Eid last year, Nasir Abdullah incited youth for violence after he delivered a ‘vicious’ speech.

Tehreek-i-Hurriyat president Syed Ali Geelani condemned the arrest.

“Nasir Abdullah is our Tehsil president who is well-educated and religious scholar. The police charges against him are frivolous and fake. It has become a routine for police to target the innocent youth of Palhalan Pattan,” Geelani said.

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