Arrest of youth triggers massive protest in North Kashmir

Srinagar: Police on Saturday arrested a shopkeeper – Nazir Ahmad Tantray – in Palhalan area of North Kashmir’s Pattan town resulting huge protests and clashes between police and local people who blocked Srinagar-Muzafarabad National Highway and raised pro-freedom slogans. Atleast three persons including an Army jawan were injured in the clashes.

Sources said that atleast three thousand people were present in the protest march alleging that Nazir was arrested without any reason. Reportedly, Army personnel and police together raised his shop and lodged him in police station Pattan.

Large contingents of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were deployed in the area to disperse the protesters who burnt down tyres on roads and resorted to stone-pelting. Police in opposition used tear smoke shells to disperse protesters.

Deputy Inspector General (DGP) of North Kashmir Police, J. P. Singh, said that the arrested person is involved in multiple cases related to militancy and stone-pelting incidents that occur in the area. He added that Nazir distributes money among youth and instigate them for stone pelting. He added that police have ample evidences to prove his involvement.

A police officer said that at least 8 FIR’s have been registered against Nazir this year for disrupting peace in the area. “We have registered at least 8 FIR numbers vide 26, 27,29,32,46,47,89,182/2013 against him and he has been charged under section 307,332 and 427 of RPC,” he said.

(Inputs: CNS)