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Police on Monday said that in view of stone pelting incidents and violence resorted by “miscreants” on the poll day in South Kashmir on April 24, police had initiated action to identify the “trouble mongers” and stone pelters.

“Following this action Police have so far arrested 70 stone pelters in South Kashmir with 25 arrests made in Pulwama, 09 in Shopian, 12 in Awantipora, 13 in Kulgam and 11 in Islamabad Districts,” a police statement said.

Further arrests are expected in coming days as more stone pelters who have already been identified are yet to be arrested, the statement added.

Meanwhile, to ensure peaceful and violence free polling in Central Kashmir, police have been taking preventive measures and arrested around 400 stone pelters and “trouble mongers” in this range.

Police said that arrests have been effected in North Kashmir and around 60 stone pelters have been taken into preventive custody.

“Nobody will be allowed to disrupt the electoral process. The arrests have been made and will continue to be effected to instill confidence among the voters so that no one attempts to intimidate the people by resorting to violence against those who want to exercise their franchise,” police said.


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