Srinagar, Nov 9: At least 50 people were arrested by the Rashtriya Rifles troops in Tral town of south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Wednesday, triggering massive protests in the area on Thursday, reports said.
The people were taken into custody after an IED explosion took place at Awrigund village of Tral yesterday afternoon.
On Thursday morning, the people took to streets chanting anti-India slogans. The protesters, including many women, burnt worn out tyres and pelted stones at government buildings and shops in a bid to enforce shutdown in the area.
They said the troopers have "unleashed a reign of terror" in the area, making the life of the residents miserable. "They arrested the people who were either working in their fields or passed through the area at the time of the blast," said Abdur Rahim Dar, a protester.
The protesters marched to the office of Naib Tehsildar, demanding release of the arrestees.
When contacted, the Station House Officer, Tral, Manzoor Ahmad told Greater Kashmir all the people have been released. "I was there at the Army camp and ensured that everybody is released," he said.