Kishtwar: Police raided various places in Kishtwar on Sunday night to arrest those who raised their voice against the government crackdown on the raging anti-India uprising in Kashmir valley and participated in pro-freedom demonstrations, while the curfew imposed by authorities on Sunday continued for the second day today, CNS news agency reported.
During the fresh raids, several people including a government employee Ajaz Ahmed Kelam of Fareedia Mohallah, Kishtwar, was arrested. Police said several ‘wanted’ persons have gone into hiding.
Kelam, who works with Sheep Husbandry Department has been charged with sedition and instigating youth to participate in anti-India protests.
At least six persons are believed to have been injured during clashes with government forces during a nocturnal raid.
Police raids were aimed at arresting Qari Manzoor Ganaie, imam of Bunastan Masjid, who gave a raiding police team a slip on Saturday night. Two others, Abdul Qayoom Baghwan and Saif-ud-Din Baghwan, were arrested during the raid, booked under Public Safety Act and sent to Kotbalwal jail in Jammu.
Police said Manzoor Ahmad Ganaie has been instrumental in leading the anti-India resistance during the raging uprising.
Muslims observed a complete shutdown in twin districts of Bhaderwah and Doda against the arrest of three people, including two imams, and against the imposition of curfew. Shops, other business establishments and some private schools of the Muslim community remained closed.
The shutdown call was issued by Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhaderwah and Markazi Seerat Committee Doda against the arrest of people and raids in Kishtwar at the “behest of some RSS-backed politicians and bureaucrats.”
“The shutdown was also being observed to show solidarity with Kashmiri people who are being constantly subjected to worst kind of human rights violations since last 80 days,” said a member of Markazi Seerat Committee, Doda.