SRINAGAR: Families and relatives of the youths arrested by the police from Ratnipora village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district last week held protest against the continued detention of their kin. Scores of relatives of the detained youngsters including their parents assembled outside police station Pulwama on Wednesday evening.
The protesters blocked the road for at least half an hour causing traffic jam in the area. Later, witnesses said, police pacified the protesters and asked them to disperse. The protests also triggered a shutdown in nearby Murran chowk market.
The protesting relatives alleged that the police have arrested their children on false charges of stone pelting and their release is being continuously delayed.
“My son is innocent. He is not involved in any unlawful activity but has been put behind the bars from last one week,” a parent told Kashmir Reader over phone.
At least nineteen youths were arrested by police during overnight raids last week. Though some reports said that the arrested youth were involved in an attack on PDP leader and junior minister Zahoor Ahmed Mir but police denied the reports that there was any stone pelting on the minister.
Muhammad Rayees, SSP Pulwama denied the allegations that any innocent youth has been picked up or delay was being caused in release of the youth.
“All these arrested youth are habitual trouble creators. They are involved in stone pelting and other unlawful activities. We have all the evidence of their involvement,” SSP said.
He said police was not causing any delay in the release of arrested youth but is following the proper procedure for the same.
“We have our own procedure and we are following that,” SSP told Kashmir Reader.
(With inputs from SHAFAT MIR)