Police Launch 'Manhunt' For 35 Doda Youth


Srinagar/Doda, July 21: Police have arrested around 45 youth from different parts of Kashmir for taking part in protest and subsequent stone pelting while in Jammu’s Doda district a manhunt hunt has been launched to arrest 35 youth who took part in protest against Gool killings.
 Official sources said that the youth have been arrested from several districts, including Pulwama, Islamabad (Anantnag) Kulgam, Shopian and Srinagar. 
 Sources said that around 15 youth were arrested from Shopian and Pulwama districts in south Kashmir. Most youth were detained during nocturnal raids. At least ten youth were arrested from Litter area of Pulwama.
 FIR was lodged against five arrested youth while others were released.
 Police on Sunday, according to the sources, arrested two youth, including Hazir Tariq son of Molvi Tariq Ahmad from Shopian town.
 In Anantnag (Islamabad) district more than dozen youth have been arrested so far. In Srinagar and Baramulla districts around 15 youth were picked up.
 Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Abdul Ghani Mir told Greater Kashmir that a few youth have been arrested. “We have also identified some more miscreants and they will be arrested soon,” the IGP said.
 Police have virtually started a “witch-hunt” here in order to pick up the youth “who led the violent” protest demonstrations against Gool killings and sacrilegious act.
 Police have registered a case under various sections of RPC against at least 35 local youth from Doda for leading the violent demonstrations against the Gool killings.
 “Police have registered the case on the basis of the reports submitted by intelligence agencies and the police officials deployed in civvies on the day of protest”, sources said adding that police have not arrested anyone so far but the process would be initiated soon.
 Superintendent of Police Doda, Arif Reshi, confirmed that police have registered a case against 35 youth. “We are looking for them and they will be arrested soon”, the SP said adding, “We have made it sure that only those persons are booked who were actually responsible for the violence on Thursday.”
 Local residents, however, contested the police claim alleging that by resorting to such “tactics state government has always ensured that genuine voices are suppressed.”
 “District administration and police are trying to enforce peace on a gunpoint,” said Arshad Hussain, a college student.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 21 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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