700 Kashmiri youth arrested, many detained under PSA
Posted Fri, 07/16/2010 – 15:04
Srinagar, July 16: In occupied Kashmir, Indian police have arrested around 700 youth during the past four weeks for participating in anti-India demonstrations in the Kashmir Valley.
The police officials told newsmen that the youth had been arrested in nocturnal raids.
The police have filed false cases against the arrested youth besides slapping draconian law, Public Safety Act against many of them.
Srinagar city has been on the boil after the killing of 17-year-old, Tufail Matoo in police action on June 07. The anger further simmered after the killing of Rafiq Ahmad Bangroo, 23, and Javaid Ahmad Malla by paramilitary CRPF.
The occupied valley witnessed a series of massive protests after the killing of 15 people including a woman in police and CRPF firing since June 07.
Dozens of youth were arrested for participating in protests demonstrations in Baramulla, Palhalan Pattan, Sopore, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Ganderbal and Shopian areas.
“Around 300 youth have been arrested from Srinagar alone,” said a police officer.
The officials said that of the 700 people, 500 have been booked while 200 are currently under detention. “We have also slapped PSA against many of them,” the police official said adding that the PSA would be slapped against more detainees in the coming days as their dossiers were being prepared.(KMS)