Protests, clashes in old city against detention of youth

‘They Are Students, Not Stone-Pelters’

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Oct 4: Protests and clashes erupted in parts of old Srinagar Thursday following detention of two youth under the controversial Public Safety Act (PSA).
The youth- identified as Haris Rashid Langoo son of Abdul Rashid Langoo of Malik Sahib Gojwara and Sajad Ahmad Geelani son of Nazir Ahmad Geelani resident of Pandaan Nowhatta- were booked under PSA and shifted to Kot Balwal Jail, Jammu, Wednesday evening.
People in Nowhatta, Saraf Kadal and Kawdara held strong protests demonstrations this morning against slapping of PSA on Haris and Sajad. These areas observed a complete shutdown and protestors clashed with police.
The protestors including women and children blocked the road at Nowhatta Chowk, Saraf Kadal and Kawdara. They were chanting slogans against the Government.
A large posse of police and CRPF arrived at the spots to disperse the protestors. The protestors pelted stones on the forces and the pitched battles continued till late in the afternoon.

FAMILY VERSIONS:
Haris, his family said, passed his matriculation examination as private student in recently declared bi-annual results. Now-a-days he used to go for tuitions to Chattabal area of Srinagar and was preparing to get admission in 11th class.
His uncle, Hilal Ahmad Langoo, told Greater Kashmir that 19 days ago the officials at Police Station Nowhatta asked them to bring Haris to them. “We went to police station along with Haris. Police detained him there,” Hilal said adding the cops promised them that Haris will be released next morning.
He added that they went to the police station, the office of SP North and SSP Srinagar to seek the release of Haris. “All these police officials used to assure us that Haris will be released soon,” Hilal said.
Wednesday evening, the cops gave the family a call and informed them that Haris will be released in the evening at District Police Lines (DPL) Srinagar. “We went there to receive him. But the police asked us to bring clothes for Haris as he is being booked under PSA and sent to Kot Balwal Jail,” he said.
Hilal said that Haris was implicated by police. “He is not involved in stone throwing or street protests. Police implicated him,” he said and demanded revocation of PSA against Haris.
Family members of Sajad Ahmad Geelani also alleged that he was implicated by police. “He is a student, not a stone pelter. We are unable to understand why police booked him under PSA,” family members of Sajad said.

POLICE VERSION:
Police said Sajad Ahmad Geelani is involved in FIR number 27/10, 54/11, 60/11, 38/12 54/10, 78/2008 of Police Station Khanyar.
It said Haris Ahmad Langoo is involved in FIR numbers 47/10, 54/11, 55/11, 53/12, 38/12 in Police Station Khanyar.
The date of birth of Haris Ahmad Langoo as per BOSE is 10 September, 1994, and that of Sajad Ahmad Geelani is April 1, 1991, a police spokesman said.
He said some miscreants pelted stones at Saraf Kadal and Kawdara and blocked the road at Nowhatta and Rajouri Kadal.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 5 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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