Crackdown against stone pelters to continue: SSP


Srinagar, July 27: Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar, Ashiq Bukhari Saturday said police would continue action against the youth involved in stone pelting.
“We have arrested only 10-15 percent of the youth who we have video-graphed to be involved in stone pelting incidents in Kashmir after the Ramban incident. There are more arrests to come,” he said. Massive protests erupted across J&K when paramilitary BSF resorted to firing on civilians in Gool area of Ramban district on July 18, killing 4 persons and injuring 42. The civilians were protesting the alleged desecration of Holy Quran by the paramilitary men. Though an SI has been detained for questioning, police is yet to arrest any BSF personnel for the firing or alleged desecration.
“We are identifying stone pelters and they will be booked under law,” the SSP told reporters at a press conference here.
Police have arrested scores of youth from different parts of Kashmir for taking part in protests and stone pelting after the Ramban firing.
Officials said the youth have been arrested from several districts including Pulwama, Islamabad (Anantnag) Kulgam, Shopian, Baramulla, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Srinagar.
According to sources many youth were arrested from Shopian and Pulwama districts in south Kashmir after stone pelting incidents were reported from these areas. Most youth were detained during nocturnal raids.
In Islamabad (Anantnag) district, more than a dozen youth have been arrested so far. In Srinagar and Baramulla districts around 15 youth were picked up.
“We have also identified some more miscreants and they will be arrested soon,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir range, A G Mir had earlier said.
Separatists leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yaseen Malik have castigated the State government for fresh arrest spree.
“Soon after the Gool tragedy, hundreds of youth were picked up in every nook and corner of the State for participating in protests against the killings and desecration,” Geelani said.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
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