Mob in J-K’s Kulgam takes police officer hostage, demands release of protester

  • PTI, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2016 21:49 IST
Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel stand to guard at a national highway in Jammu. (Nitin Kanotra / HT Photo)

A mob in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district took a police officer hostage on Monday, demanding the release of youth arrested on charges of stone pelting following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

An assistant sub-inspector was abducted by the mob at Behibagh in Kulgam and was being held hostage, a police official said.

He said the mob was demanding release of three youth who are in police custody on charges of stone pelting.

“Efforts are on to secure the release of the police officer,” he added.

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Kashmir Valley witnessed clashes between protesters and security personnel after the killing of the 22-year old Wani. At least 24 people have been killed in the violence.

A day ago, a policeman drowned after a mob in Anantnag pushed his vehicle into a gushing tributary of the Jhelum.

The Centre rushed on Monday additional 800 paramilitary forces to Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of violent protests across the Valley.

The reinforcements will be in addition to 1,200 personnel which were sent to aid the state police on Saturday. About 60 battalions (about 1,000 personnel each) are already stationed in the state as part of counter insurgency grid.

A police station in Sopore was torched by a mob earlier in the day while an air force airport in Pulwama and other security installations in Kashmir came under attack.

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