Protests in Anantnag, shut down observed against arrests

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Anantnag:- The tension in South Kashmir’s Anantnag town is brewing as police refuses to release the youth detained for their participation in recent protests against murder of Zahid Rasool by Hindu extremists in Udhampur. 

While remaining shut for second consecutive day today, hundreds of people led by Mirwaiz South Kashmir Qazi Yasir staged protests in the Lal Chowk against the continuous detention of local youth. Chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protesters threatened to go on indefinite hunger strike if youth were not released by evening. “We have given today (Monday) evening deadline to police to release the youth who peacefully participated in the protests against the killing of Zahid Rasool. If they fail to release youth we will assemble here at Lal Chowk and go on indefinite hunger strike,” Mirwaiz South threatened. 

Although there are no restrictions imposed by the authorities, most parts of the township are shut while the businesses have opened in uptown area. As many as 36 youth have been detained by police in last several days. 

As soon as shops and business establishments reopened this morning, massive protests erupted in the main town, including Lal Chowk, where people, mostly youths, again took to streets raising anti-police and ”pro-freedom” slogans. 

However, Inspector General of Police (IGP) said youth arrested for stone pelting and other activities would be released after their counseling that they should not to indulge in such activities in future.

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