86 Persons, Mostly Students, Arrested By Police In Pulwama

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PULWAMA: The crackdown on youth allegedly involved in “unlawful” activities continues in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district while during fresh night raids, at least 21 persons including a 65 year-old-elderly man were arrested from Muran and Kungan villages of the district. The elderly man detained by police has been identified as Abdul Rahim Sheikh of Muran village.

Sources said that from past two weeks more than 86 persons mostly school and college going students have been arrested and are languishing in different detention centres of the district. Sources added that these arrests are being made to ensure incident free polling in the district. The elections for South Kashmir Lok Sabha seat are scheduled on April 12 next month.

Locals told news agency CNS that armed forces raided different houses during late night hours in twin villages of Muran and Kungan in the district and arrested 16 persons from Muran and 5 from Kungan village. These night raids, according to locals, created panic in these areas while a large number of people hit to roads shortly after these raids.

Reports said that scores of people were seen making rounds of police station in Pulwama seeking release of these arrested youth. “They are mostly students,” said a local from Naira village where police recently during a nocturnal raid had arrested 21 college going students.

Reports said that Muran and Kungan villages observed a complete shutdown against these raids and arrests. All the shops, educational institutions and business establishments remained shut in these twin areas.

Reports added that more than 80 youths from different villages of the district including Muran, Kungan, Naira, Drubgam, Karimabad have been languishing in police stations. A police official said the arrested youth are involved in stone-pelting incidents.

‘Kashmir Turned Into A Police State’

Ahead of Lok Sabha by-polls, Hurriyat Conference (M) on Tuesday strongly condemned the house arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani, Mohammad Yasin Malik and scores of Kashmiri youngsters from the length and breadth of Kashmir.

Terming such dictatorial measures taken by the government as a “policy based on political vendetta”, Hurriyat Conference (M) spokesperson said, “Kashmir has been turned into a police state wherein the government is shoring up all its efforts to spread sense of insecurity among the people of Kashmir.”

“Government is hell bent to violate the human democratic and political values of resistance leadership and the Kashmiri people besides muzzling the voices demanding freedom by means of force and jackboot,” the spokesperson said.

 Asserting that Kashmiri resistance leadership was the “true representation” of Kashmir’s political aspirations, the Hurriyat Conference spokesperson made it clear that “by arresting or placing the leadership behind bars would not weaken the resolve and commitment of the leadership”. 
“Tyrannical measures adopted by the government will not force the leadership and people to retreat from their demand of right to self determination; instead it will make the resolve to pursue such goals more firm.”
 

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