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Collective punishment, means to snatch livelihood of Kashmir youth: Mehbooba on blatant bike seizure

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said the seizure of a large number of bikes by police in Kashmir was a “collective punishment” and a means to “snatch” the livelihood of the youth.

Ahead of Indian Home Minister Amit Shah’s likely visit to Kashmir this weekend, many riders have alleged that their two-wheelers were seized by police without even checking the documents and they were asked to collect their vehicles after October 26.

“J&K admin’s recent spree of seizing bikes in Kashmir is a collective punishment & another way to snatch whatever means Kashmiri youth have to earn their livelihood in a dignified manner. Contrary to GOIs claims of providing jobs, they are doing the opposite,” Mufti wrote on Twitter.

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Police said the seizing of two-wheelers was part of routine anti-militancy measures.

“Seizing some bikes and shutting down of internet of some towers is purely related to #terror #violence. It has nothing to do with the visit of the Hon’ble HM,” IGP Kashmir zone Vijay Kumar tweeted.

The internet services on a dozen towers — mostly in the areas where non-local laborers were killed in the past week — were snapped three days ago.

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