Lolab Residents Protest Forces’ ‘Highhandedness’


SRINAGAR — Local residents of Shatmuqam village and its adjoining areas staged nocturnal protest against alleged forces highhandedness and arrest of some youth on Tuesday evening.

Locals of Shatmuqam village told a local news agency that a joint team of SOG and CRPF arrived in the village late on Tuesday evening and took into custody the three youths namely Abid Ahmad Shah, cousin brother of Hizb Ul Mujahideen militant Bilal Ahmad Shah, Shaft Ahmad Lone and Abdul Hameed Mir of Krusan for questioning.

Following the arrest of the youth, the forces according to locals allegedly ransacked several houses and damaged windopanes.

The incident according to locals triggered nocturnal protests which were going on when this report was being filed.

Earlier in the day, unknown persons overpowered a policeman and snatched his service rifle (INSAS) while performing his duty at Kandhar area of Maidanpora adjacent to Shatmuqam in Lolab.

“One youth Abid Ahmad Shah has been arrested for questioning in connection with the rifle snatching incident at Kandhar Lolab,” said SSP Kupwara Ambarkar Sriram Dinkar. He said that more arrests with regard to the incident are expected. (GNS)

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