Srinagar, Sep 19, CNS: The ‘arrest spree’ in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district triggered violent protests and clashes on Saturday while spontaneous shutdown affected normal life in the town.
Eyewitnesses told CNS that after day long clashes between protesters and government forces on Friday, police raided many houses in Cheeni Chowk, Malakhnag and Reshi Bazar area’s arresting couple of youth on charges of stone-pelting. Locals alleged that government forces ransacked houses and beat inmates to pulp without any provocation.
Reports said that during the night raids, a large number of people came out and staged a protest in the streets. On Saturday morning, people again took to streets in Reshi Bazar, Malaknag, Lal Chowk, Sherbagh and Chenichowk and organized a protest demanding immediate release of arrested youth. Some protesting youth resorted to stone-pleting while police fired tear-smoke shells to disperse them. The clashes between the youth and police continued for hours. Locals told CNS that at least five youth were picked up by police on charges of stone-pelting while a police official said that no body will be allowed to disrupt peace in the town and strict action will be initiated against the ‘trouble-mongers’.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in the town against the arrest spree. Shops remained closed skeletal movement of transport was observed on the roads. (CNS)