Kunzer Shuts Over Detention of 4 Youth in ‘Nocturnal Raid’

Riyaz Bhat

SRINAGAR

Protests amid shutdown broke out in Kunzar area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district Wednesday after four local youth were allegedly picked by police’s counter insurgent unit, Special Operations Group (SOG) during a raid on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday morning, as the word of the arrests spread in the area, protest amid shutdown broke out. The locals demanded immediate release of four detained youth—Wasim Ahmad, Ubaid Ahmad, Suhail Ahmad and Mudasir Ahmad.

“At around 1 am in the night, screams resounded in the area,” a local told Kashmir Life over phone from Kunzer. “It was as if someone was being beaten up.” Since SOG had cordoned off the village a night before, the local said, no one came out of their houses. “Since the Bongam encounter, Kunzer and adjoining areas remain under restrictions.”

Protesters blocked the Kunzar-Tangmarg Highway to press the release of the detained youth. Police turned up on the spot and assured the protesters that they will investigate the matter. Later, the highway was cleared for the traffic.

Meanwhile, expressing ignorance over the detention of youth, a police official said, “we haven’t received any information over the detention of youth.”

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