Srinagar: Before the first death anniversary of Burhan Wani on July 8, police raided several houses and detained about a dozen youth in villages of Sheeri area in Baramulla district, telling locals that the youths were being detained to prevent stone-pelting in the area.
Locals said that ten youth were arrested in raids on their homes and they were lodged at police station Sheeri.
Residents of Nervaw area told Kashmir Reader that ahead of Burhan’s anniversary, police conducted raids at many houses to pick up youth who have been involved in stone-pelting cases in the past.
“Police told the family members of the detained youth that they will be arrested as a precautionary measure to prevent stone-pelting in the areas,” said locals.
The detained youth have not yet been released, their family members said.
“We were hopeful that they would be released after the anniversary of Burhan, but no one has been released so far,” said a family member.
Locals said that two youths were detained when they were on way to Srinagar. “Two youths were detained on way to Srinagar on Saturday on the anniversary of Burhan,” said a local eyewitness.
Police had also assured the families that no FIR would be lodged against the youth who were being detained.
Baramulla SSP Imtiyaz Hussain told Kashmir Reader that only 7-8 youths have been detained in Sheeri area. He said that the youth had planned to go to Tral on Burhan’s anniversary. “Some of them were detained on way to Tral, and some from their respective places,” the SSP said.
He said that the detained youth were likely to be released soon, after “proper counseling.”