Six protesters held in Kashmir; Hurriyat seeks rights bodies' intervention
Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested six youth in north Kashmir on charges of reviving stone pelting in the Pattan area. The separatist Hurriyat, on the other hand, has sought intervention of rights bodies to end harassment of youth in Kashmir.india Updated: Jun 26, 2011 19:09 IST
Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested six youth in north Kashmir on charges of reviving stone pelting in the Pattan area. The separatist Hurriyat, on the other hand, has sought intervention of rights bodies to end harassment of youth in Kashmir.
The six youth were arrested in raids carried out on Saturday night in north Kashmir's Pattan area, which witnessed protests in 2010.
More than 12 people died in and around Pattan in last year's civilian uprising sparked by the killing of a schoolboy in June. Pattan is 45 km north of Srinagar.
"The stone pelters wanted to create 2010-like situation. They had planned to start stone pelting for 3 hours between 9-11 pm every day," Rahul Malik, station house officer (SHO) of Pattan, said.
The Saturday night operation against protesters in Pattan was assisted by the CRPF and continued late in the night.
In the morning, the parents and neighbours of the youth staged a sit-in and blocked the Srinagar-Baramulla highway, disrupting traffic. The protesters raised anti-police and anti-administration slogans.
In a separate incident of arrest warrant against a student of Public Shaheen School, the Hurriyat, led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, has asked rights body Amnesty International and Unicef to take serious notice of the case.
"The police in Kashmir have become a source of fear and an institution of corruption. On one side they force youth to participate in seminars on education but on the other harass students and book them," alleged the Hurriyat spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar.
The Hurriyat accused the police of "marring the career of students by asking them to pay attendance at police stations".