27 Kupwara residents remanded in police custody

27 Kupwara residents remanded in police custody

They were arrested while demanding body of Hizb militant on Saturday
KUPWARA: As many as 27 people from Natnusa area of Kupwara, who had been arrested on Saturday in Baramulla while demanding the body of Hizb militant Mohammad Azhar Khan, have been remanded to police custody.
They have been charged with attempt to murder, rioting, damaging public property among other offences.
The arrested persons were presented before a magistrate on Monday and police were granted their remand.
A group of village elders met police officials at police station Baramulla and requested them to release the detained people, but police refused.
Natnusa observed a complete shutdown against the militant’s killing and arrest of 27 people. A large number of people visited Khan’s house and commiserated with the bereaved family.
Azharuddin, a resident of Natnusa, was killed by police in Fatehgarh area of Sopore on Saturday. The police had taken his body to Baramulla.
Tens of hundreds of people from Natnusa went to Baramulla, 10kms away, that night to fetch the body of the militant.
Baramulla senior superintendent of police Imtiyaz Hussain had said the arrested persons were “miscreants who damaged vehicles and did violence”.
The families of the arrested people, however, said the police was implicating them on false charges.
SSP Hussain said the body of the militant was handed over to his family peacefully but the arrested persons “created law and order problems”.

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