15 youth held, 20 wanted: Police

Srinagar, Dec 1: While Police is facing widespread criticism over the detention of several youth in Srinagar, Director General of Police Ashok Prasad Saturday said the innocents will be released but the guilty would be dealt with an iron fist.
“We have released some people. Those who are not involved in stone pelting and disruption would also be released,” the DGP told Greater Kashmir over telephone. “We are investigating cases and there is video footage of boys pelting stones.”
Police officials said that around 15 youth, arrested during past some days, are in lock-ups in different police stations of Srinagar and 20 more are wanted. “We have arrested 15 youth. Because of lack of space they have been kept in different police stations of Srinagar,” they told Greater Kashmir. They said the youth are lodged in police stations of Nowhatta, Parimpora, Panthachowk and Kothibagh. “Yet 20 more are wanted and we are hunting for them,” a police official said.
The DGP said that youth must refrain from stone pelting. “If they would not refrain from pelting stones, they would be dealt strictly under the law. No one would be allowed to take the law in his own hands,” he said and added that those youth who are wanted in pelting cases in Srinagar or any part of valley would be arrested in near future. “Let the law decide about them,” he said.
The state police chief said that there is no scope of amnesty to stone pelters now. “Amnesty has been given once and cases have been withdrawn,” he said and added that the youth who are pelting stones are creating law and order problem. “Common people suffer by it and we will not allow them to do so.”
The DGP said that police have arrested those youth for pelting stones who were earlier released once or twice. “They pelt stones again and there is no alternative to deal with them strictly.” Prasad said that no innocent is being and would be harassed by police.

‘No specific threat to LC polls’
Terming the warning of UJC chief Syed Salahuddin to Panchayat representatives as ‘general’, Prasad said there is no specific threat to LC polling on December 3 and security has been beefed up.
The police chief said that fool-proof security arrangements have been made for the polling. “We would not allow anybody to disrupt the polling and every security arrangement has been put in place,” he said and added that security concern for the Panchayat representatives has been taken care of.
In an interview to Tehelka magazine, Salahuddin had said, “Panchs and Sarpanchs are exploited by India to project Kashmir as pro-India, and as such they will continue to be targeted. No matter how much the government tries to secure them, they will still be attacked.”
Polling for four seats of Legislative Council is scheduled to be held on December 3 (Monday). In Kashmir Valley the polling is scheduled to be held in 77 polling booths of which 42 have been declared as sensitive, 11 hypersensitive and 24 normal.
As many as 33,485 Panchayat representatives would cast their votes to decide the fate of 37 LC candidates in the state with Kashmir having 17,891 Panchayat representatives in 12 districts including Leh and Kargil. The Panchayat representatives including 12,632 males and 5,259 females will decide the fate of 16 candidates in 77 blocks of Kashmir valley.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 1 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 1 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 2 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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