Peace returned to Kashmir Valley on Thursday after three days of violent protests, following the death of a 13-year-old boy.
The sensitive areas in Srinagar were taken over by security personnel, but more than 200 protesters and dozens of security personnel were injured during the three days.
There was a sudden spurt in violence on Monday after a newly formed group, Tehreek-i-Islami, called for a complete shutdown for four days in protest against the death of Wamiq Ahmad, who was hit by a tear-gas shell.
“It’s peaceful today because strictest security measures have been put in place,” said Srinagar SSP, Reyaz Bedar. “Expect more stringent measures tomorrow till the protesters do not correct themselves.”
He said, “We do not have the exact count of how people have been arrested so far. The police are tracing the links of Tehreek-i-Islami.”
But the state’s main opposition, the People’s Democratic Party, said on Thursday that the National Conference-led government’s “anti-people policies” were forcing the people to come out in protest.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told a press conference at her residence: “Again, they are using suppression. Teenagers are being arrested under the Public Safety Act, 2002, or are being killed.”
She said, “Five civilians were killed by the forces in one month. There is strong resentment against the government.”
The police also arrested senior separatist leaders such as Democratic Freedom Party chief Shabir Shah, National Front chief Nayeem Ahmad Khan and Muslim League chief Mushtaq-ul-Islam.
Even All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest to dissuade him from taking out any procession.