Posted Thu, 07/29/2010 – 17:08
Srinagar, July 29 : In occupied Kashmir, continuing with the crackdown to suppress the peaceful protests over the killing of civilians, police have, so far, arrested around 1,400 youth including teenagers from across the Valley.
Residents of Srinagar said police have arrested nearly 500 youth including teenagers from various areas of the city, who were either moving on streets or riding bikes. Some of them were released after their parents paid hefty amounts to the cops through activists of some pro-India political parties.
The locals also said that police were forcing the families to make their wards surrender. “Police are acting in such a way as if our children are criminals. They detained the younger brother of a boy in lock-up for days to force him to surrender. This is not policing but sheer harassment,” they said.
The locals said that the police have been conducting raids even during night, which forced youth to migrate to other localities. “The government of India and its regime here seems to be bent upon spoiling the career of our wards by implicating them in false cases,” they said.
Senior counsel, Mir Shafqat Hussain said many teenagers have been booked under PSA during past over a month. “To avoid public wrath and criticism from other fronts, the authority in detention orders wrongly mentions the young boys as adults. For teenagers there was a separate Juvenile Act. The authorities can’t book a youngster under PSA and lodge him with habitual criminals in jail. Law does not allow it,” he said.
Shafqat said that over 1400-1500 persons had been arrested across the Valley since June 11 when protests broke out against the killing of Tufail Matoo by police teargas shell.
“We have, so far, received hundreds of cases in which youth and teenagers have been booked under PSA and various other draconian Acts. On the directives of APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq our team of lawyers was pursuing the cases in the Court,” said a Hurriyat leader.
The programme coordinator of J&K Coalition of Civil Society, Khurram Pervez said, The authority is using military might on the people fighting against human rights violations hoping that it will force them to forget and forgive.” (KMS)