Kashmir: 9000 youth arrested, 5500 wanted
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar:To break the protests which erupted after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander, Burhan Wani on July 8, police in past 100 days have arrested nearly 9000 people and 5500 are still wanted.
The arrest spree has been launched across Kashmir forcing hundreds of youth to go into hiding. Most of the arrests have been carried out in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Awantipora, Kulgam and Shopian, followed by north Kashmir’s Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Sopore, Handwara and central Kashmir’s Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts.
For the past 100 days, the police and paramilitary forces assisted by Army have started conducting night raids in different parts of Kashmir, arresting nearly 9000 people. Among them around 2500 are still in lodged in police stations and rest have been released on bail.
Most of the arrestees include activists of Hurriyat Conference (G), Hurriyat Conference (M), Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and Jamaat-e-Islami.
Police claim these arrests have made “after proper verification of their involvement in protests and stone-throwing.” “We have footage of arrested youth pelting stone and indulging in other sorts of violence,” a police official said.
In south and north Kashmir, more than 6500 youth have been arrested in past 100 days while 2500 have been arrested from central Kashmir. “Only the youth involved in arson are still lodged in police stations. Rest were released after furnishing surety and bail bonds. Many people have been released by courts,” a senior police official said.
The official said that raids are still being conducted almost daily in north, central and south Kashmir areas “to nab youth who are involved in stone-throwing and street protests in the current unrest.” “At some places the night raids have triggered protests, especially in south Kashmir districts,” he said.
The continuous nocturnal raids by joint parties of police and other forces have forced hundreds of youth in Kashmir to go into hiding. The residents allege harassment by forces during raids. “Many wanted youth are still at large, but efforts are on to nab them,” the official said.
“More than 2300 FIRs have been registered in past 100 days. There are still 5500 persons wanted. There has been steep decline in violence and situation is almost normal now.” Dr SP Vaid DGP Law and order said.