27 Held For Stoning Minister’s Cavalcade

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PULWAMA: Police have arrested twenty seven youths from Ratnipora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district for stoning the cavalcade of a junior minister of PDP-BJP government early this week.

Official sources told a local news gathering agency – GNS – that the police arrested twenty youths during night hours from their respective homes. A police official said all the youth were involved in pelting stones on cavalcade of MoS, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, recently.

Angered at these arrests, locals enforced a complete shutdown in Ratnipora village on Friday. The locals were demanding release of all the youths from police custody.

Meanwhile, three youths including two brothers identified as Nazir Ahmad Dar and Irshad Ahmad Dar were arrested from Gulshanabad village of Rajpora area in Pulwama while as twenty were arrested from Ratnipora village and four more youths have been arrested from Kakapora area of Pulwama.

A senior police officer while confirming the arrests and said that the youths are involved in many stone pelting related incidents including one at MoS, Zahoor Ahmad Mir.

However, locals contested the police claim and said, “most of the arrested youths are minor students and all are innocents.” Following the arrests, the spontaneous shutdown was observed at Ratnipora and its adjacent areas.

The residents demanded their immediate release forthwith the locals threatened for intensifying the protests in their respective areas.

Furthermore, sources told another news gathering agency – CNS -that Amir-e-Jama’at-e-Islami district Pulwama, Reyaz Ahmed Bhat, was also arrested during the night raid in Reenzpora village of Awantipora. However, a police official said that he was released and handed over to his family members after questioning.

Meanwhile, army cordoned off Payeen Drubgam village of Pulwama district after hearing some gunshots today.

Police sources said that an army patrol was passing through the village when it heard the shots and later conducted a search and cordon operation. However as the operation was underway, locals resorted to stone pelting on army and later clashed with other forces personnel. Later the cordon was lifted.

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