Srinagar: Protests erupted in Warpora area of Sopore town on Friday after police allegedly detained several locals for objecting to the establishment of a police post on grazing land.
Soon after the congregational Friday prayers, the residents of Malikpora village in Warpora, Sopore hit the streets and staged protests after the news spread in the area that at least a dozen were detained by police for objecting to the establishment of a police post in the area, witnesses told Kashmir Reader. Some of the men identified as Farooq Ahmad Sheikh, Tauseef Ahmad Sheikh, Javed Ahmad War, Abdur Rashid Malik, Mohammad Yousuf and Showkat Ahmad Malik, were detained at the Panchayat Ghar that has been serving as a police post for nearly a decade.
Witnesses said that the police were eyeing a patch of kahcharai land to shift the police post from Panchayat Ghar. However, the locals are resenting the move leading to the confrontation between the two sides.
“On Thursday night, police sent soil-laden tippers to fill up the Kahcharai land. However, some angry locals resented the move. This morning, the men were detained for opposing the move to shift police post,” a local, wishing not to be named, told Kashmir Reader.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Sopore Abdul Qayoom told Kashmir Reader that police chowki was being set up at the government land and that the people have no reason to object to it.
“We have identified the land that belongs to the government. We will not set up police chowki on private land,” he said.
He also denied the reports of any arrests by police or the protests by the locals in the area.