Srinagar: Police on Friday arrested two Muslim League members for allegedly instigating protests in Naidkhai town of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district following the killing of a youth in police firing last month.
On March 14, Farhat Ahmad Dar, 18, was shot dead by forces near Naidkhai during protests in the area. However, police had said it had opened fire in air in ‘self-defence’ after a group of youth attacked a police vehicle.
Farhat’s killing triggered massive protests across north Kashmir, prompting the authorities to order a probe with Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Bandipora as the enquiry officer. After the incident, police had filed an FIR 61/2014 and later booked four Muslim League activists under sections307, 148, 149, 152, 336 and 427 RPC for allegedly trying to set ablaze a police van during protests.
Quoting sources, a local news agency GNS reported that General Secretary of Muslim League, Mehraj-ud-Din Nanda of Hajin, Bandipora was among four persons arrested by police on Friday.
Nanda was on way to Bait-ul Mukarram Masjid in the neighbouring Baramulla district to offer congregational Friday prayers when he was bundled into a police van and whisked away.
Another activist of Muslim League identified as Asadullah Parray son of Abdul Gani was arrested after a police party in civvies raided his house at Hajin in the evening.
Besides Nanda and Parray, two more Muslim League activists identified as Showkat Hakeem of Rakh Hajin, and Sajad Ahmad Nawoo of Naidkhai have also been booked by the police for instigating violence.