Six youths picked up, released later
BUDGAM: Six youths were picked up by government forces during nocturnal raids in Daharmuna village here, sparking protests in the area.
A police official said the youths have been released, now.
Sources said that forces barged into residential houses at Peth-Daharmuna at around 1 am and detained at least six youths including minors.
A local resident, wishing anonymity, said that government forces had thrashed some drivers on Sunday night during checking at Daharmuna Chowk, following which some youth pelted stones on them.
Later in the night, he said, forces jumped over compound walls to barge into residential houses.
“It was dead of night, when forces banged the doors of scores of households,” a local said. “Before we could open the door, they sprayed tear smoke shells on us and picked up our kids.”
Following which, he said, panic spread among villagers, who raised alarm and made announcements from loudspeakers asking people to resist the “atrocities”.
As people came out, another elderly villager said, forces resorted to heavy sound and teargas shelling to disperse them.
“Youths, however, retaliated by pelting stones on them,” he added.
A complete shutdown was observed in the area on Monday and locals blocked vital Magam-Budgam road to protest the detention of youths by government forces.
Eyewitness said that all shops, schools were shut in the area.
Womenfolk also staged protest against the alleged highhandedness and detention of youths by the hands of forces.
The district administration assured the protestors to get the wards released by evening.
A senior police official told Kashmir Reader said that the raids were aimed to “detain the miscreants who are hell bent to disrupt peace”.
He said few youths were detained on charges of stone pelting. “After counselling them in front of their parents and district administration they have been released now,” he added.