Pampore: In what appears to be a preemptive crackdown ahead of Burhan Wani’s first death anniversary on July 8, police and army seized dozens of motorcycles and scooters belonging to residents of Tral and Awantipora near the army camp situated on Awantipora-Tral road on Wednesday.
“I was going to see a local faith-healer when I was stopped by police and army mid way. They told me to take out the documents of the vehicle and leave the spot,” a local whose bike was seized told Kashmir Reader.
He said that when people asked the police and army the reason why their vehicles were being seized, they were asked to report to police station Awantipora after the 13th of this month. “They returned the documents of our vehicles and told us to visit Awantipora police station after 13th July,” he said.
Locals said that there were more than 100 seized bikes lying at Awantipora police station. Reports also came from Khrew area that bikes were being seized without any reason or receipt.
Superintendent of Police Awantipora, Mohmmad Zahid, told Kashmir Reader, “We seized the bikes of those people who failed to produce proper documents.”