28 Days On, 16 Teenagers Languishing in Lockup

Srinagar:  At least 16 teenagers from different parts of Shahr-e-Khashave been languishing in Police Station Nowhatta from past 28 days and the irony is that no FIR’s have been registered against them. 

These youth had been arrested by police during nocturnal raids from the areas like Lal Bazar, Zonimar, Botakadal, Amdakadal, Nowhatta, Kawdara and other parts of the city. Police claimed that all the arrested youth are involved in stone-pelting incidents, a charge refuted by the parents of most of the accused.

“My son (name withheld), a class 11 student never indulged in stone-pelting. From past 28 days, he along with other youth have been languishing in the police station. Burhan was arrested on the very first day of Ramzan,” an anxious father from downtown told CNS.

Parents said that they were expecting that their kids will be released in the wake of Eid, but, “chances have become dim now as after keeping our kids in lock up for 28 days at a stretch illegally, police have now informed us that formal cases (FIR’s) have been registered against the arrested youth. We can’t apply for bail as there is state holiday on July 17 (Friday). This is the state of affairs in Mufti led Jammu and Kashmir,” parents said.

They said that people were expecting the release of political prisoners in wake of Eid-ul-Fitr, but on the contrary, the police have been booking the youth. —CNS

‘No proposal to release stone pelters on Eid’

SRINAGAR: Inspector General of Police Kashmir,SJM Gilani Thursday said that action is being taken against anyone who is found violating the law and disturbing the law and order situation. 

“Police arrests the person who is found involved in stone pelting. It is later the legal process of the each case to certify whether the detainee is under 18 or above that age group. ”

He maintained that there is no proposal to free the youth ahead of Eid, who were detained earlier for pelting stones during protests. “We have no such proposal to release any detainee on Eid. It is the legal procedure which is followed in each case. Action is being taken as per the law,” IG said.

He said that to maintain law and order in the region, adequate security arrangements have been put in place and no one shall be allowed to disturb the law and order. KNS

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