Ahead of polls, police detain several youth in Budgam

Ahead of polls, police detain several youth in Budgam
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Minors among detainees, say locals

BUDGAM: Police have launched a massive crackdown ahead of the parliamentary polls in Budgam district and detained scores of youths in nocturnal raids.
Several residents while terming the arbitrary detentions as “illegal” and “undemocratic” alleged that forces were using high-handedness to pressurise the locals, and have picked several minors too.
Officials, however, said the detentions were a “preventive measure” for smooth conduct of elections.
Sources said that during the previous night seven people were arrested in nocturnal raids in Malnaroo village under Khansahab police station.
Besides, scores of youths were also detained from Batpora, Kanihama, Narbal, Beerwah and other areas of Budgam in the last few days.
Residents of Malnaroo said that among the seven detained, five were minors.
“Without any reason they (forces) barged into our homes at around 2 am, and picked children for no crime of theirs,” a local resident wishing anonymity said.
They identified the detained as Ishtiyaq Dar (16), Faheem Nabi (15), Sahil Bhat (13), Zubair Bashir (15), Mudasir Yousuf (14), Muzafar (25), Irfan lone (21).
Similarly, four persons were detained from Kawoosa area in the previous night. They have been identified as Farooq Ahmad Shah, Ali Mohammed Sheikh, Naseer Ahmad Khan, Danish Ahmad Malik.
Locals told Kashmir Reader that they were worried about the safety of their wards and have requested authorities for their early release.
Meanwhile, a senior police official said that the boys were detained for the smooth run of elections.
“It is a preventive action to ensure smooth election,” he said.
“Once elections end, all of them will be released without any delay,” he said.