Srinagar: Police on Monday admitted it’s arrested more than 500 persons across the Valley to “ensure peaceful and violence free polling in central Kashmir.”
In a handout, a police spokesman said, “In view of stone pelting incidents and violence resorted by miscreants on the poll day in South Kashmir on April 24, police had initiated action to identify the trouble mongers and stone pelters.
“Following this action, police has so far arrested 70 stone pelters in south Kashmir, with 25 arrests made in Pulwama, 9 in Shopian, 12 in Awantipora, 13 in Kulgam and 11 in Anantnag.”
The spokesman said that more arrests are expected in coming days as “more stone pelters who have already been identified are yet to be arrested.”
The police handout, however, did not make any mention about dozens of pro-freedom leaders and activists who have been arrested in the past few days.
In the meantime, to “ensure peaceful and violence free polling in central Kashmir, police has been taking preventive measures and arrested around 400 stone pelters and trouble mongers in this range. Similarly arrests have been effected in north Kashmir, around 60 stone pelters have been taken into preventive custody.”
“Nobody will be allowed to disrupt the electoral process,” the spokesman said, adding, “The arrests have been made and will continue to be effected to instill confidence among the voters so that no one attempts to intimidate the people by resorting to violence against those who want to exercise their franchise.”