Massive hunt launched for protesters in Valley, Chenab, Pir Panchal regions; Hundreds of youth go into hiding
To counter the ongoing uprising, police have launched massive arrest drive across Kashmir and around 6000 persons have so far been arrested. Police say the hunt is on for more.
The arrest drive has been launched in every nook and corner of Kashmir and hundreds of youth have been forced to go into hiding.
For the past six weeks, the police and paramilitary forces assisted by army have started conducting night raids in different parts of Kashmir arrested about 6000 people.
“There are above 2200 FIRs registered for disruption of peace and law & order,” Director General Police, Coordination, S P Vaid told Greater Kashmir. “Above 5600 people are involved in these FIRs.”
Residents of almost all areas of Kashmir say that joint parties raid their residential houses during the night, barge into houses, break windows and doors, and pick up any youngster in the house they get hold of. The arrests have sparked off protests in most parts of Kashmir and several areas in Jammu region. Day in and day out there are reports of protests from one or the other area.
Most of the arrests of have been carried out in south Kashmir (Anantnag, Pulwama, Awantipora, Kulgam and Shopian) followed by north Kashmir (Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Sopore, Handwara) and central Kashmir (Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal).
Official sources said that above 3500 youth have been arrested in south Kashmir, 1500 in north Kashmir and about 1000 in central Kashmir.
A senior police official said that there is no doubt that night raids and arrests increased during last three weeks. “The measure has been taken to foil the processions and protests,” he said.
The continuous nocturnal raids by joint parties of police and other forces have forced hundreds of youth in Kashmir to go into hiding. The residents allege harassment at the hands of forces who barge into residential areas at night time.
“The night raids are being conducted almost daily in north, central and south Kashmir areas to nab youth who are involved in stone-throwing and street protests in the current unrest,” said the police official. “At some places the night raids have triggered protests.”
The official informed said that about 3000 arrested persons have been bailed out by the courts. “Some are in custody and some are facing different charges and are still in police custody,” he added.