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Two youths from outside J&K held in Ramban protest case

india Updated: Jul 23, 2013 15:51 IST
Jammu and Kashmir

Two youths, hailing from outside Jammu and Kashmir, have been arrested in Anantnag district of south Kashmir on the alleged charges of stone pelting during recent protests against Ramban firing incident, police said on Tuesday.

Mohammad Afzal of Uttar Pradesh and Mohammad Ibrahim of West Bengal, both in their mid-twenties, were arrested yesterday for their involvement in stone-pelting in Anantnag town, 55 kms from here, they said.

Massive protests rocked different parts of Kashmir Valley following last week killing of four persons in security forces firing in Ramban district over alleged desecration of holy Quran.

Police said the duo, working as labourers, were identified by police from a footage of the stone-pelting mob and was later arrested.

This is for the first time in past two decades that any of non-state subject was arrested on the charges of taking part in violent protests in the Valley even as several lakh non-local skilled and unskilled labourers turn to Kashmir during summer months for earning their livelihood.

Hundreds of local youth were arrested since 2008 on the charges of stone-pelting and many of them were booked under Public Safety Act.

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