Pulwama Gunfight Aftermath: Lecturer, 16 Others Detained

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Srinagar: Government forces have arrested over a dozen people in nocturnal raids in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on charges of stone pelting during last week’s encounter in Kangan village that left three militant’s including a top commander dead, reports said Tuesday.

According to the locals, police carried out a series of raids in Murran area of the district to nab the protesters who pelted rocks at the government forces during Thursday’s encounter in which Jaish commander and IED expert Ikram alias Fauji Bhai and two of his associates were slain. A lecturer is among the 17 people arrested by police on the allegations of stone pelting. The lecturer identified as Majid Yousuf Yatoo was picked up by police in lieu of his brother.

Locals identified the arrested youth as Ajaz Darzi, Abdul Rashid Darzi, Mehraj Dhobi, Nazir Dhobi, Mukhtar Sheikh, Bashir Sheikh, Showkat Sheikh, Ali Muhammad Sheikh,  Rizwan Sheikh, Muhammad Shafi Sheikh, Abdul Latif Sheikh, Muhammad Ismail Sheikh, Muhammad Yousuf Yatoo, Mehraj Ganaie, Khazir Ganaie, Shabir Wani, Abdul Rasheed Wani, Hilal Malyar, Muhammad Abdullah Malyar, Adil Ganaie, Bashir Ganai, Mohsin Sheikh, Muhamamd Ashraf Sheikh, Irfan Yatoo, Irfan Rather, Ajaz Sheikh, Abdul Salam Sheikh and Tawseef Sheikh.

A police official declined to comment on the subject, however, sources said that these people were arrested on charges of stone-pelting. (KNT)

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