ML condemns nocturnal raids, arrest spree in south Kashmir

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SRINAGAR: Muslim League on Tuesday strongly condemned the heavy deployment of forces, nocturnal raids and arrest spree in almost all the villages, towns and localities of Kashmir especially, in southern districts of Kashmir.

A Muslim League spokesperson in a statement issued here said that southern districts were witnessing a reign of terror and fresh arrests wherein, men, women and children irrespective of their age were being frightened and harassed by police, SOG and other government forces.

“One of the direct impacts of presence of troops in large number in these southern districts has been on the education of children as hundreds of schools and educational institutions, houses, roads leading towards these educational institutions are occupied on daily basis by these occupational forces due which many parents prefer to keep their children inside their homes,” the spokesperson said.

Terming the ongoing spree of arrests and nocturnal raids as “most undemocratic”, the spokesperson said that in southern districts of Kashmir a spree of arrests was going on unabated and thousands of young and old were being put behind bars and tortured physically and mentally.

Expressing concern over the prevailing situation in the southern districts, Muslim League alleged that the authorities had virtually turned these districts into a “battle field”.

Condemning the excessive use of power against the civilians by the armed forces in south Kashmir particularly in Khudwani, Rampora, Redwani, Qaimoh, Kelam, Gufabal, Havoora, Bogam, Pulwama, Kakpora, Lilhara, Narbal, Begham Bagh, Anantnag, Kokernag, Chi, Tral, Anchidora, Seer Hamdan, the spokesperson further alleged that on the pretext of cordon and search operations common people were “deliberately targeted and victimised by the men in uniform”.

He demanded that these “revenge” policies should immediately be stopped.