SRINAGAR, Mar 9-2011(SHABIR IBN YUSUF/KT): The Central district of Budgam did not witness massive protest rage against the civilian killings last year. Even then around 30 persons have been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) and more than 150 are wanted by police for stone throwing and disrupting peace.
According to police sources, at least 250 were arrested, 30 were booked under PSA and rest of the people were released. Most of the people, police claim, were arrested and booked for throwing stones, damaging the railway tracks and torching the government buildings.
It is also the first district where two government teachers were dismissed for their alleged involvement in stone throwing and street protests against the civilian killings during last year’s five month long agitation.
On September 13, Budgam witnessed some civilian killings besides death to a cop in four month long massive protest rage. A Class 7 student, Danish Nabi son of Ghulam Nabi Kumar of Charar-i-Sharief was killed in CRPF firing near Hanwari in Char town.
The paramilitary troopers of CRPF killed Javaid Ahmad, Nissar Ahmad Kuchay, and Ghulam Rasool Ahanger of Humhama while a woman Rafeeqa of Ompora Budgam was also killed at Humhama during protest.
Showkat Ahmad Mir was also killed in firing by CRPF in the main town Budgam when he was leading a procession. At main town Budgam, a policeman Ravinder Singh, was killed after being run over by a vehicle that was reportedly carrying injured to Srinagar hospital.
Police sources said that the teachers were spotted during a protest demonstration against an act of sacrilege. On the same day five youth were killed in Tangmarg area of Baramulla after the precisionists protesting against the desecration of Holy Quran where fired upon by the police and CRPF.
Reports reaching from parts of Budgam said that police is raiding the residences of the involved. “If some one involved turns up to police station for mercy, we try to help him,” said a senior police officer adding that they are meant for the welfare of the locals.
He added that they are hunting for the involved persons and the number of wanted people can go up as the cases are being investigated.”
The police officer said that police in particular are hunting for the people who attacked police stations/ posts in district. “Once our investigations confirm that somebody was involved in attacking the police installations, we do not want him to go scot free,” said the senior police officer.
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