25 youth arrested in Pulwama, Shopian in night raids

25 youth arrested in Pulwama, Shopian in night raids

Two teenage brothers arrested in Srinagar, one of them mute since birth

SRINAGAR: Police have arrested 25 more youth in raids on homes on Wednesday night in Pulwama and Shopian districts.
Locals said that police raided several houses in Arihal village of Pulwama in the night and picked up at least a dozen youth on charges of stone-throwing and participating in protests. With the latest arrests, the number of people arrested in Pulwama district in the past two weeks has risen to 102.
SSP Pulwama Muhammad Rayees Bhat confirmed the arrest of twelve more youth in the district. “We had issued them notices asking them to produce themselves in police stations, but they failed to do so. We were left with no option but to arrest them. They are all involved in disturbing the law and order in the district. We have evidence of their involvement,” the SSP told Kashmir Reader.
In the neighbouring district of Shopian, police rounded up at least 13 youth during night raids in several villages. Locals said that policemen conducted raids in Meemander, Harmain and Zainapora areas and arrested at least 13 youth.
SP Shopian Tahir Saleem confirmed the arrests. “We have arrested 13 youth from various villages. Some of them were involved in stone-pelting and some in spreading false rumours,” he said.
The officer said that there are many more youth who are wanted in criminal cases, mostly of stone-throwing.
In Srinagar’s Soura area, police have arrested at least a dozen youth in the past one week. Locals said that cops from Soura police station are serving notices on local youth to come to the police station in cases that date back to three to four years. When the youth report to the police station, they are immediately put behind bars, locals of Soura and adjoining localities said.
On Wednesday night, police raided a residential house in Achan and picked up two brothers, namely Showkat Ahmad, 16, and Bilal Ahmad, 18, on charges of stone-pelting, their family members said.
The family members said that Bilal Ahmad is unable to speak since birth. They said that Bilal and his younger brother Showkat have been weaving pashmina shawls for the past six years.
Station House Officer Soura, GM Rather, declined speaking to the media and told reporters to seek details from the Superintendent of Police Hazratbal range. The SP Hazratbal, however, did not respond to repeated phone calls and text messages.

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