Over 7000 arrested, 2300 FIRs registered

Over 7000 arrested, 2300 FIRs registered

Most of the arrests have been made in south and north Kashmir districts including Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and police district Awantipora. In these districts, over 4000 people, particularly youth, have been arrested in the past 90 days.

With the ongoing uprising completing three months on Thursday, there has been no let-up in arrests by police and so far over 7000 people have been put in custody while the hunt for many others is on.

Most of the arrests have been made in south and north Kashmir districts including Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and police district Awantipora. In these districts, over 4000 people, particularly youth, have been arrested in the past 90 days.

Sources said from north Kashmir’s districts of Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, and police districts of Sopore and Handwara, more than 2000 people, particularly youth, have been arrested on charges of stone-pelting and participating in street protests.

Official sources said from Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts of Central Kashmir, about 1000 youth have been arrested.   

Director General of Police, Coordination, S P Vaid said the hunt to arrest those involved will continue. “We have registered 2300 FRIs in different police stations of Kashmir during the past three months,” he told Greater Kashmir. He said 4318 people have so far been arrested.

“Among them 925 are still lodged in police stations. The rest have been bailed out,” he said.

A senior police official said that there are dozens of youth in Police Stations who have not been booked in FIRs. He said above 4400 have been booked in FIRs while the rest have been have kept “in preventive custody.”

Residents in most parts of Kashmir say night raids by forces have forced scores of youths to go into hiding. The night raids are being conducted jointly by the police and paramilitary forces, almost daily, in south, central and north Kashmir areas, evoking stiff resistance from people.

A senior police official said that night-time raids do not take place in Kashmir alone. “They take place across the country when police have to catch a trouble-maker,” he said. Reports of night-time raids have also come from Kupwara, Sopore, Budgam, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Srinagar.