Pulwama shuts on day 2 against arrests

Pulwama shuts on day 2 against arrests

Shopian observes shutdown after LeT posters appear
By ZIA-UL-HAQ    
Pulwama: Pulwama township observed a complete shutdown for the second consecutive day on Sunday against the arrests of some local youths.
All shops, other business establishments, petrol pumps and private offices remained shut in the town while as passenger traffic also remained off the roads.
The tension in the town began on Saturday after the police arrested a shopkeeper, Bilal Ahmed Mir, from Washbugh Pulwama. His arrest had sparked off a clash between forces and local residents.
During the clashes, however, the forces arrested more youths. Locals told Kashmir Reader over phone that the police last night picked up four more youth from several localities of the town after raiding their houses.
A police official confirmed the arrests of youth and said that they are all “involved in stone pelting”.
“Some of them have been arrested red handed while some were identified from videos,” police official said.
Sources said local youths and even some traders have told the traders federation to not reopen markets till the arrested youths are freed.
A shutdown was observed in the neighboring township Shopian following a strike call by Lashkar-e-Toiba. The call for strike was given through the posters which were found pasted at different places in the town since last evening. Similar posters had been found pasted in other areas of south Kashmir.
No top police officials from the district responded to repeated calls from Kashmir Reader for their comment on the circulation of posters. However, a middle rung official posted in the area said that the investigation into who actually had issued the posters was on.
“It seems to be the handiwork of some miscreants. We are investigating the matter,” police official said.

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