Police deliberately disturbing peace in Kashmir: Geelani

Criticizing the role of police for allegedly harassing and threatening the local population, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani Monday said police is deliberately disturbing peace in Kashmir by provoking youth to stone pelting.
 “From the last few years the state police have used extreme force and violence against its own people which is unfortunate as they also area a part of this society. They should understand that they also belong to those families who have lost their loved ones in this freedom movement,” Geelani said in a statement.
 “All the police stations and police posts have been converted into jails where thousands of youth and students are lodged,” Geelani said, adding, “Police is deliberately disturbing the peaceful atmosphere in Kashmir and provoke the youth to pelt stones.” 
 “The atmosphere of instability and uncertainty is deliberately created by the police to serve the political interests of the politicians who otherwise have to shut their shops and live an unknown and idle life. The people are resisting the atrocities, threats and pressure of police in many areas. The people in Bandipora, Baramulla and Sopore are observing complete shutdown from May 7, against the unjust arrests of youths and students, but the police are reluctant to release the youth despite the sharp criticism and reaction from every quarter of the society. The IGP himself has confessed that only few people have been released so far,” Geelani added. 
 “According to our reports, there are 25 youth detained in different police stations and jails of Shopian, 19 youth in Bandipora police stations, 12 in Hajan police station, 5 in Sumbal police station, 22 in Pulwama police stations, 5 in Kupwara police stations, 6 in Kakpora and about a dozen youth in different police stations of Sopore where they are subjected to custodial violence and tortures. About two dozen youth in Sopore are enlisted and their residences raided by the police. Besides this, the forces went on rampage at different places and broke window panes of houses and vehicles and looted many shops,” said Geelani, demanding immediate release of all detainees.

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