Police resorted to heavy tear gas shelling in South Kashmir’s Pulwama town to disperse off scores of protestors who were protesting against the arrest of youth during nocturnal raids in different parts of the town.
Sources told CNS that police and Special Operation Group personnel conducted nocturnal raids in four different hamlet of Pulwama district and arrested ‘wanted stone-pelters’. The arrested youth according to police are involved in stone-pelting and arson. Police have identified the four arrested youth as Shabir Ahmed Magray son of Abdul Ahad resident of New Colony, Bilal Ahmed Teli son of Assudullah of Bandzoo, Jehangir Ahmed Bhat son of Muhammad Yousuf resident of Nainbatapora and Bashir Ahmed Wagay son of Muhammad Shaban resident of Sirnoo Pulwama.
Reports said that hundreds of protestors from Sirnoo village marched towards Pulwama main town to stage a protest against these arrests. However, police foiled their bid and stopped them near Dalipora. Police bursted tear-smoke shells to disperse the protestors that caused injuries to several protestors. “My son is innocent. He is not involved in any stone-pelting incident. Police has framed in a false case,” the mother of Bashir Ahmed Wagay said.
A police official said that all the arrested youth were evading arrest from past many days. “They are not innocent but wanted stone-pelters,” he said.