Hajin residents hold torch rally against arrest spree

Srinagar: Hundreds of people Monday staged peaceful demonstrations in Hajin town of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district to protest the continued arrests of youth on charges of stone pelting.
Hundreds of people after evening prayers took out a torch rally from Shah Gund, the native village of teenager Farhat Ahmad Dar, who was slain in forces firing in March last month, eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader. Chanting slogans “Stop the arrest spree” “Release the innocent youth,” the protesters passed through various localities before reaching Main Chowk, Hajin. The crowd swelled as more and more residents of Tunda Mohalla, Ghat Mohalla, Mir Mohalla, Hajam Mohalla, Danger Mohalla, Banger Mohalla and Parray Mohalla joined the peaceful procession. The protesters dispersed peacefully after the procession returned to Shah Gund.
“Besides end to the nocturnal raids, we also demand immediate release of the detained youth. Police should release all the youth so that normalcy restores in the town,” the protesters said.
The town has been on boil since the killing of a teenager Farhat Ahmad Dar of Shah Gund by the forces during anti-India demonstrations on March 14. Several activists of pro-freedom groups have been arrested during a spate of raids for allegedly organizing and instigating violent protests.