Strike continues in north Kashmir against youths arrest
Life remained affected for the second day today due to strike in three major towns in north Kashmir against the arrests of youths before and after parliamentary polls on May 7 in Baramulla constituency.
Meanwhile, police have registered five cases in Baramulla and Sopore who allegedly pelted stones on passing vehicles and attacked passengers yesterday.
Shops and business establishments remained closed in Bandipora, Baramull a and apple township of Sopore, where people are protesting against the arrests.
People also alleged looting of valuables during night raids in some houses in Baramulla and Sopore. However, a police spokesperson denied these allegations.
Traffic also remained off the roads and work in government offices, educational institutions and banks was also affected due to the strike.
Though there was no strike call from any organisations, but people observed strike, alleging that hundreds of people, mostly youths, were arrested by police during the past two weeks from these towns.
Demanding their immediate release, they threatened to intensify their agitation.
Security forces and state police have arrested about 300 people, mostly youths on the eve of polls in Baramulla constituency, spread over Bandipora, Kupwara and Baramulla on May 7.
However, after clashes at several places on polling day, more anti poll demonstrators were arrested during the past two days.
The spokesperson said a few incidents of violence have been reported from Sopore and Baramulla, wherein some passenger vehicles have been stoned, stopped and some passengers travelling in them have been assaulted yesterday.
Taking a serious note of these incidents, police has lodged three FIRs in Baramulla police station and two in Sopore police station.
The miscreants involved in these acts of violence have been identified and special teams have been formed to arrest these culprits. A number of miscreants involved in these incidents have been arrested.
Police has reiterated that no such incident of violence against the people and the passengers commuting will be tolerated and stringent action will be taken against the guilty.
(Posted on 10-05-2014)