120 youth in custody 14 released, 6 surrender: Police
About 120 youth, arrested during recently held LokSabha polls, continue to be under detention, while police said it is on lookout for some more youth allegedly involved in stone-throwing and intimidation of voters.
As per Police records, the highest number of 64 youth are under detention in Baramulla and Bandipora areas of north Kashmir. The area-wise break-up of detentions is: Bandipora (37), (Baramulla (27), Sopore (23), Shopian (15), Pulwama (5), Kulgam (2), Srinagar (11).
No youth, according to police, is under detention in Kupwara and Handwara areas of north Kashmir.
Meanwhile Police Thursday released 14 youth, most of them teenagers in Sopore while six youth evading arrest in Bandipora area surrendered before the cops, a police handout here said.
Superintendent of Police Sopore, Abdul Qayoom told Greater Kashmir that most of the stone-pelters who were released after proper counseling are teenagers. “We hope in future they will not indulge in stone-pelting,” he said adding that most of the released youth are from Rebbon and Rafiabad areas of Sopore.
The police handout said at least six ‘stone-pelters’ who were evading arrests surrendered before police in Hajin, Sonawari area of Bandipora district.
The spokesman identified the youth as Manzoor Ahmad Dar son of Sonaullah Dar, GhulamJeelani Dar son of GhulamMohi-ud-din Dar, Mumtaz Ahmad Dar son of Farooq Ahmad Dar, Abdul Hamid Rather son of Sonaullah Rather, Showkat Ahmad Khan son of Muhammad Yousuf Khan and Azhar-ud-Din Dar son of Muhammad Akbar residents of Shah Gund, Hajin.
Police said hunt to arrest the youth allegedly involved stone-throwing will continue. “All such youth have been identified and they shall have to face the law,” a top police official said. He said all those who were taken into preventive custody during recent polls have been released.