5 released by evening; police say some youths creating hurdles in CI operations
Baramulla: As many as 30 people, most of them youngsters, were arrested in Fatehgarh area of Baramulla district on Sunday.
The youths, according to police, have been involved in pro-freedom protests and stone-pelting.
Local residents saaid police and army raided several houses in the locality on Sunday and rounded up the youth for questioning. The raids started at about 12am last night and lasted till 11am on Sunday.
The arrests sparked off protests by locals, who demanded the release of these youth.
In a similar crackdown last night, four people, including two brothers, were picked up by police on charges of stone-pelting.
By Sunday evening, five of the arrested persons had been released.
A senior police official, posted in Baramulla district, said several youths have been preventing the police from carrying out anti-insurgency operations in the area.
More than 7,000 people were arrested and scores of them jailed under the draconian Public Safety Act during and after last year’s uprising triggered by the killing of iconic Hizb commander Burhan Wani.
Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti recently told the assembly that those released by court, after their PSA detention is quashed, will not be rearrested.