SRINAGAR: Police on Thursday detained a youth in Beerwah town of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on charges of stone-pelting following which a complete shutdown was observed in the town.
Following the youth’s detention, locals took out a protest demonstration. The police used force to prevent protest demonstrations.
All the shops and business establishments in the town were closed and to protest the detention. The shutdown also affected the vehicular traffic.
Thirty-four-year-old Mukhtar Ahmad Beigh, was, according to the locals, thrashed and detained by paramilitary CRPF troopers on charges of taking part in and facilitating clashes in the town, the residents said.
Two other youths have managed to evade arrest, they said.
The locals also said that frequent nocturnal raids conducted by the government forces have “unleashed terror” in the entire area.
They said that the police has been frequently conducting nocturnal raids in the town and harassing people since the last week.
“The forces vandalise properties and pelt stones at houses. They raid the entire locality and harass the people,” said Aamir, a local.
Ishfaq Ahmad, another resided, added: “For the last few days, police has been threatening us by saying that they have made a list of 30 youths who will be detained.”
Whenever the youths assemble in the market, the forces appear and abuse them, the residents said.
“Police harass the local youths and abuse them, and anyone responding verbally becomes a victim of harassment,” said Kashif, a resident.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, sub-divisional police officer Magam, Syed Fayaz, confirmed the detention of the youth.
“He was involved in stone pelting,” the officer said.