Pulwama, Apr 20: Police arrested at least 9 youth during nocturnal raids in different area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Reports said that combined forces conducted nocturnal raids at four different areas including Koil, Prichoo, Sirnu and Malikpora arresting 9 youth on charges of alleged stone-pelting.
Sources said that three youth were arrested from Koil and two each from Prichoo, Sirnu and Malikpora. The family members of arrested youth said that they are innocent and have nothing to do with stone-pelting.
During his Friday address, Central Jamia Masjid Imam, Muhammad Akram Dar demanded immediate release of the arrested youth. He also asked police to stop conducting nocturnal raids. “The arrest spree will disturb the atmosphere in Pulwama town. It will have serious consequences and besides, the career of these educated youth will be at risk,” he said.
When contacted, a police official told news agency that these youth have been arrested for disrupting peace in the town. He said that raids will continue and accused stone-pelters will be arrested. (CNS)