Nowgam Encounter: Many Youth Arrested For ‘Arson, Stone Pelting’

Srinagar– A day after three local militants were killed and a soldier injured in an encounter in Nowgam area of the city, police on Thursday arrested many youth on charges of arson and stone pelting during the sanitization drive at the gunfight site.

According to police, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants Adil Nabi Teli of Pampore, Shakir Ahmad Tantray of Shopian and Yasir Ahmad Wagay of Kulgam were killed in the gunfight.

After the gunfight ended, a police spokesperson said Thursday that following the standard operating procedure (SOPs), the site was being cleared to ensure the safety of citizens.
Accordingly, he said, signboards were also placed around the site of encounter, while it was being sanitized, to dissuade citizens from approaching the site prior to sanitization with regard to any left-over explosives from militants that could cause damage to locals.

“However, a large unruly mob from adjacent areas consisting of young boys carrying lathies and stones in their hands assembled near the encounter site tried to pelt stones on the deployed nafri which was asking them not to approach the site of encounter before being cleared of explosive debris. In order to disperse the mob smoke shells were used as per the SOPs,” the spokesperson said.

Accordingly, he said, a case FIR No. 46/2022 under relevant sections of law was registered in Police Station Nowgam and some youths were identified from videos and from initial investigation.

“Many of them were picked up and are being examined in the said case. Some of them have been arrested as well,” he said.

The spokesperson requested all citizens to stay away from encounter sites so to ensure their own safety, keeping in view the likelihood of left over explosives from the militants.

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