The Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested 39 youth who allegedly indulged in creating law and order issues in Srinagar and 15 among them will be slapped with Public Safety Act.
The Amnesty International has termed the PSA a ‘lawless law’ as it allows detention without trial for up to two years.
“Let me clarify that we will not allow stone pelting at any cost. We have arrested 39 stone-throwers who indulged in throwing stones in Srinagar recently. Fifteen of them will be booked under PSA,” Inspector General of Police in Kashmir Vijay Kumar said replying to a query during a press conference at PCR Srinagar.
On Monday, Voice of Kashmir had reported that scores of youth were arrested after pro-freedom demonstrations erupted in Jamia Masjid locality last week on Friday. A group of protesters chanting pro-freedom slogans had tried to take out a march from the Mosque compound, demanding the release of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is Kashmir’s chief cleric.
As the demonstrators had marched towards the main gate, the government forces, who were deployed in huge numbers, in a bid to stop the demonstrators had fired tear smoke shells and pellet guns. “Forces fired tear smoke shells and pellet guns to disperse the protesters,” a local shopkeeper had told Voice of Kashmir.
A local, who wished not to be identified, told Voice of Kashmir, that several youth, many of whom were also arrested earlier on charges of stone-pelting, were taken away. “The youth are mostly from Nowhatta and adjoining localities,” the local said.
To a query about the contested Lawapora gunfight in which three alleged militants were killed, he said that “Police have evidence, both technical and human and it will be produced before the court soon.”
Pertinently, families of the trio killed in Lawaypora contest police claim that their sons “were innocent and not militants.”