Published On:09 August 2011
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Police fears renewal of street protests in Kashmir, arrests 10 for stone pelting

More arrests will take place in Nazim Rashis custodial killing case: CM

By Bashir Assad

Srinagar: Fearing renewal of street protests in trouble torn Kashmir valley after a youth was killed by forces in custody, J&K police Monday arrested about 15 persons allegedly involved in stone pelting on security forces in the capital city of Srinagar. Police has launched fresh crack-down on young people in Srinagar city to nab the youth allegedly involved in fresh phase of violence in Kashmir.

About 15 persons have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the renewed phase of protests, including stone pelting on force personnel, in the old city area here

"We have arrested some persons involved in disturbing peace. I do not remember the exact number but it can be 10 to 15,” said Senior Superintendent of Police for Srinagar Ashiq Bukhari.

Bukhari said police will go after stone-pelting protestors. "Any one involved in the stone-pelting will be arrested," he said.

The youths have been picked up from their houses in the nocturnal raids across the neighborhoods of the downtown Srinagar in the last two days.

One family, whose engineer son was arrested during a raid last night, claimed no reason was given for his arrest. Police officers posted in the downtown remained tight-lipped refusing to divulge any details about the arrests.

Protests have taken place in the old city here for the last three consecutive days against the alleged high handedness of police and CRPF with residents and shopkeepers during last Friday''s demonstrations.

After remaining peaceful since last October, stone-pelting youth reappeared on the streets of the old city on Friday to protest against the house arrest of Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Meanwhile three policemen and an army officer have been arrested as part of separate investigations by Jammu and Kashmir police into the death of a man in custody and an allegedly faked gun battle, officials said Monday. It merits a mention here that state government has ordered a magisterial probe to fix responsibility into the death of Nazin Rashid.

Last month, Nazim Rashid, a 28-year-old shopkeeper, died after being detained by counter-insurgency police in the northern town of Sopore in connection with an unsolved murder.

Nazim Rashid
The cause of his death was not disclosed, but it resulted in fresh violence across Kashmir valley and the consequent promises from chief minister Omar Abdullah of "swift and exemplary action".

"Two policemen have been arrested and a few others are under the scanner," a police officer this correspondent on Monday on condition of anonymity, adding that the arrests were made at the weekend.

"Certain arrests have been effected. Investigations are on-going and if need be more arrests will take place," Chief Minister Omar Abdullah told NDTV. Meanwhile in connection with yet another fake encounter case in frontier district of Poonch in Jammu division in which a civilian was killed by security forces whome they passed off as a commander of banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Chief minister Monday said that authorities have started investigations case in which a civilian was killed and then apparently passed off as senior commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group.

He said a local soldier and a policeman were arrested Monday for making the security forces believe the civilian was a militant.

Police on Sunday claimed to have killed Abu Usman, a "senior commander" of Lashkar in southern Poonch district during a 12-hour gun battle who ultimately turned to be an innocent.
Pertinently several policemen have been arrested in the past for killing civilians during gun battles and then claiming them as militants in an apparent bid to gain rewards and promotions.
In 2007, more than a dozen policemen including a Superintendent of Police of Ganderbal District in Central Kashmir were arrested for killing five civilians in separate gun battles and passing them off as Pakistani militants.

[Bashir Assad is a senior Journalist based in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. He is now Bureau Chief (J&K) of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be contacted at bashirassad@rediffmail.com]

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