Around 150 youth have been arrested in different areas of south Kashmir in the past few days for their alleged involvement in protests that rocked the Valley since July 9.
According to sources, police is also pressurizing families to hand-over those boys who are on run to evade their arrest.
Official sources said about 80 youth have so far arrested in Pulwama, Anantnag (Islamabad), Shopian, Pulwama and Police District Awantipora. Most of these, according to them, have been arrested in nocturnal raids while some have been caught during protests only. About 60 youth have been arrested from Pulwama district alone during raids mostly carried out during nights. However, a senior Pulwama-based police official claimed only 40 youth have been so far taken into custody. "They have been arrested after verifying their involvement in the present crisis. Many youth are still wanted," the official said.
From Shopian, police officials said, a dozen youth are in lock-ups. Independent sources however told Greater Kashmir about 35 youth have so far been arrested from different parts of the district.
In Anantnag (Islamabad), 40 youth have been arrested so far but officials claim only 10 youth are in lock-ups. They said so far no raid has been conducted and these arrests have been made during protest demonstrations only.
From Police District Awantipora, sources said, some 20 youth have been arrested while police officials claim that only eight youth have been lodged in custodies.
According to sources, police has started pressurizing the families of youth, who are on the run, to get them to the police stations. Consequently, they said, scores of youth are going into hiding because of fear of nocturnal raids by police.
A senior police officer admitted that such arrests have been made. Most of the arrested youth figure in videos recorded during protests and stone-throwing, he claimed.