Hunt for youth on in valley

SHABIR AHMAD. Dated: 7/21/2013 11:50:15 PM

40 rounded up during overnight raids

SRINAGAR, July 22: Police has started a major hunt for the youth allegedly involved in protests and stone pelting and have arrested 40 of them from different areas of south Kashmir. Sources said most of the youth were rounded up during overnight raids by the police during last two
“From Qazigund area of district Kulgam which remained on boil for two consecutive days against the alleged sacrilege of Quran and killing of four civilians 18 youth have been arrested during overnight raids in last two days. While from Quimoo township which witnessed violent
protests yesterday at least 5 youth have been arrested,” sources said.
In neighboring Pulwama district police has arrested at least 13 youth from different areas. “From Kakpora and Lassipora areas of the district nearly 13 youth have been arrested for participating in protests and allegedly resorting to stone pelting,” sources said.
Though the police has conducted raids on dozens of houses in Kakpora area but could not arrest all the wanted youth as they have already fled their homes. “The raids will continue till all the wanted youth are nabbed,” said a police official.
From district Anantnag, police, according to sources, have arrested at least four youth for their alleged involvement in stone pelting. Sources further said that few boys arrested by the police during last two days happen to be minors but the police says that they have handed over the minors to their families soon after being arrested.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG), south Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, Vijay Kumar confirmed the arrest of the youth during overnight raids from different districts of the region.
“At least 40 youth involved in stone pelting and damaging government property have been arrested from different areas but the highest number of arrests were made in Kulgam district,” DIG said.
On the alleged arrest of the minor boys by police, DIG said, “One of the minor boys arrested by police has already been handed over to his family. We are seeing to it if there are any other minors among the arrestees and they too will be handed over to their families,” DIG said.



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