Srinagar: Whatsapp groups have sent 65 persons in Pulwama to police custody. Police say they have arrested these persons as a security measure. The arrests have likely been made to prevent unrest in the lead-up to the Lok Sabha by-elections in Anantnag and Srinagar.
“The arrests were made in the past three weeks,” Senior Superintendent of Police Pulwama, Rayees Bhat, told Kashmir Reader.
Bhat said that the persons arrested included administrators of 30-35 Whatsapp groups.
The persons were arrested from several villages of Pulwama district and also from the main town.
Another police official said that the arrested youth have a history of involvement in instigating violence and stone-throwing incidents.
Some of the Whatsapp groups, according to police sources, had members from across the border and at least two groups were administered by persons based in Pakistan.
The police have launched a massive hunt in the area as part of a major crackdown and arrested 90 persons in total ahead of the by-poll scheduled in Anantnag on April 12. Almost all of the 1,600 polling stations in the constituency have been categorised by the election commission as either ‘sensitive’ or ‘hypersensitive’.
The security establishment has also beefed up vigil in the area in view of the increased militancy in south Kashmir.