Newspaper Hawker Or A Stone Pelter?

KL Report

Srinagar

Parimpora police arrested six “stone pelters” among those four have been released and two including a newspaper hawker are still in the police custody.

Parimpora police station confirmed the nocturnal raids and the arrests alleging that the two are involved in the stone pelting.

Bashir Ahmad completed his routine distribution of newspapers in the early morning last Friday, but little did he know that next morning he will be behind the bars. He was arrested on Friday March 8, during a raid.

“Around 1:30 am, frequent knocking at the main door of our house woke all of us. As we opened the door, we found a police party, who had come to nab Bashir. As they grabbed him from his room, he was rained with punchs and kicks,” Bashir’s mother told Kashmir Life.

Police claims Bashir is involved in stone pelting in the, but his brother Rashid refutes charges leveled on his brother.

“After completing the distribution of newspapers on Friday, he had gone to Tangmarg for some personal work in his Maurti car,” Rashid says.

“Throughout the day he was out of the locality and came back home only in late hours of evening, then how come he was the part of stone pelting?” Rashid asks.

Bashir circulates newspapers in many areas of HMT including Mustafabad, Umerabad, Aliabad and Laway pora in city outskirts. “Since then no distribution took place,” informs Rashid.

Significantly, Bashir is one of the six youth arrested on account of stone pelting from the area. Though, four among them have been released, Bashir and another youth Mohammad Yasin are still in police. Yasin is a class 12th student who partly helps his father who sells vegetable on a cart.

Meanwhile Bashir’s family alleged that their newspaper hawker son is being beaten in police custody. But police doesn’t buy these allegations.

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