SRINAGAR, Mar 3: With the slapping of Public Safety Act (PSA) on about two dozen youth in Kupwara district in recent past for alleged involvement in stone pelting and street protests last summer, police has launched a man hunt for youth who police allege are involved in disrupting peace.
During past some time many a youth were arrested by police in different parts of district and among them about two dozen have been booked under PSA and have been lodged in different jails of the state. Around 160 police sources said are wanted in different alleged stone pelting cases.
“We are looking for around 150 youth who are responsible for disrupting peace in district,” superintendent of police Kupwara VK Birdhi told KTNS. “There is no concession for youth who are involved in pelting of stones and disrupting peace,” he added.
Police is raiding the residential houses of the youth to get them arrested and at some places the youth are being called to police stations. The police action has forced many a youth to flee from their villages. “To escape arrest some youth of the village have left their homes,” a Rawathpora resident said adding police is visiting the residence of these youth off and on.
Kupwara district also witnessed some civilian killings and after the men in uniform opened fire on protesting people who were taking to streets against the civilian killings.
Interestingly most of the youth have kept the bail in their pockets fearing arrest by police. They do not know whether they have been named in cases or no. “I have kept the bail by the court in pocket as I fear the arrest by the police,” Nazir Ahmad of Batpora said adding that some of his classmates have done the same thing.
Pressing on with its crackdown on stone-pelters, the police today arrested six persons in Srinagar and Pampore, while the parents of 15 youth were arrested in the Trehgam area of Kupwara.
A report from Kupwara said that at some places police earlier had arrested the parents of 15 youth who had been accused of being involved in stone-pelting. The youth were absconding after the police summoned their parents to the police station and put them behind bars.
In the Handwara tehsil of Kupwara district police records maintain that 63 people have been arrested so far and 20 of them have been booked under the PSA, on charges of stone pelting out of a list of 140.
Police sources said that the police had recently finalised its identification of stone-pelters in the town, drawing up a list of 140 people whom it has under surveillance. The list includes the names of a number of government employees who, according to the police, have been involved in fomenting trouble and instigating people on violence. Three of the 25 identified employees have been arrested, and those taken into custody include several school-going boys, police sources said.
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