Police Crackdown on Youth Continues

Srinagar: Pre-poll police crackdown on youth in various South Kashmir areas continued on Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, clashes erupted in Aanchar area of Soura in Srinagar after locals held a protest against raids and arrests today, reports said.

It was not immediately known how many youths were arrested from the area, however, locals alleged that police raided many residential houses.

The protesters clashed with police and forces deployed in the area, local sources said.

The protesters pelted stones on the government forces who responded by firing teargas shells, local sources said.

A local news gathering agency – CNS – reported that a dozen youth were arrested in Arihal village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district last night for their alleged role in stone-pelting protests.

A senior police official of the district said that 12 youth were arrested during a nocturnal raid in the village.

He said the youth were involved in stone-pelting protests. “We have evidence of them hurling rocks on police and paramilitary forces,” said the official.

“They were repeatedly asked to come to the police station, but they failed to turn up. So we had to take this action.”

Meanwhile, police arrested 13 youths during night raids from various areas of Shopian district, reports said.

The arrests were made in Herman, Kundalan, Memander and Zainapora areas. As per police sources the arrested youth are allegedly involved in various cases.

SSP Shopian, Tahir Saleem said that the arrested persons re involved in various cases related to law and order and were arrested to “create conducive environment for elections”.


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