‘6 stone- pelters surrender in Bandipora, 14 released in Sopore’

‘6 stone- pelters surrender in Bandipora, 14 released in Sopore’

Srinagar/ Baramulla: Six youths allegedly involved in incidents of stone-pelting Thursday surrendered to police in Bandipora district of north Kashmir.

“Six stone pelters evading arrests have surrendered at police station Hajin. They are involved in recent cases of violence and stone pelting,” a police spokesman said.
The surrender followed a large scale manhunt for the stone pelters and other perpetrators of violence in Hajin and adjoining areas in Bandipora district, the spokesman said.
The spokesman said police would provide counseling and de-addiction support to a teenager who was arrested in connection with stone pelting incidents in Shopian district.
“Police will provide counseling and de-addiction support to the stone pelter and drug addict Faisal Ahmed Mir alias Chotta Geelani,” a police spokesman said.
Mir was arrested by police from Shopian district of south Kashmir yesterday.
“The boy is involved in a number of cases of stone pelting in Shopian and various other violent activities. He is reported to have developed habit of taking drugs,” the spokesman said.
He said on the directions of IGP Kashmir, A G Mir, police would provide counseling and de-addiction support to him free of cost.
Meanwhile, 14 youth who were arrested on charges of stone pelting during the Parliamentary elections in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district were released by police after “counseling.”
Officials told Kashmir Reader that 14 youth belonging to Reban village of Sopore were handed over to their parents by the police on Thursday after counselling
“During investigation, it surfaced that these youth had not been involved in stone pelting incidents before ,” SP Sopore Abdu Qayoom said.
“Some youth who were suspected to be involved in stone-pelting incidents were also let off after their parents brought them before police for counseling,” Qayoom added.

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