Police, in Kashmir, have launched a massive crackdown on youth to control the stone-throwing incidents and spiraling protests going on across the Valley since July 8 when Hizb-ul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter.
As many as 471 persons have been arrested or detained by the police since the latest unrest began in Kashmir.
“In its continuous drive against the hooligans and miscreants 349 accused persons have been arrested in the Valley. Besides, 122 have been detained under prohibitory provisions of law,” a police spokesman said.
The crackdown has been launched against the youth for their alleged involvement in protests and stone-pelting incidents.
At least 53 persons have been killed, including two policemen, and nearly 5,000 others injured in the ongoing street protests in Kashmir since the killing of Hizb-ul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and his two associates in an encounter with security forces on July 8. Many incidents of arson were also reported during the protests. Despite curfews and restrictions, protests have become order of the day in the Valley.
The police had launched the crackdown on “habitual stone throwers” almost immediately after the initial wave of protests in Kashmir. Hundreds more were put under surveillance by the respective police stations.
Residents said police is raiding homes during nights looking for youth “creating fear psychosis” among the families. The practice has caused outrage prompting sharp reactions from the separatists.
Many absconding youth, allegedly found involved in stone-throwing incidents, have been asked to report to police station through their families.
Police and CRPF have been using video cameras to identify known and unknown faces during stone-throwing incidents and protests.