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Strike in Tral against arrest spree, Srinagar youth booked under PSA

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A complete shutdown was observed in South Kashmir’s Tral town against the arrest of five young boys who according to Police were involved in the ransacking of the branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank on Friday.

Meanwhile, a young boy from Karsoo Padshahi Bagh area of Srinagar uptown has been booked under Public Safety Act for his alleged involvement in stone pelting by Police station Saddar.

Pertinently, after Friday prayers some of the youth participating in the procession got agitated when they allegedly found some unknown persons taking their photographs from the building of Jammu and Kashmir Bank. People attacked the bank and smashed its windowpanes and doors. Agitated people also damaged the ATM of Jammu and Kashmir Bank.

Sub Divisional Police officer, Tral, Aijaz Rasool told the news agency Kashmir News Trust that few boys were identified who had smashed windowpanes of Jammu and Kashmir Bank. “A message was sent to their parents and they brought them to the police station. I don’t think the strike is being observed against these arrests,” SDPO said.

The boys arrested are all from Tral Payeen and have been identified as Aqib Ahmed Dhobi, Suhail Ahmed Wani, Irshad Farooq, Waseen Khan and Muhammad Ashraf Zargar. People resented the arrests of these youth and observed a complete shutdown.

Meanwhile, Saddar Police station has booked a youth under Public Safety for his alleged involvement in stone-pelting. Sources told KNT, that a few days back Police had arrested Muhammad Salman Rather son of Ghulam Mohammad Rather from Karsoo, Padshahi Bagh and he was booked under PSA.

Refuting the allegation, a top police officer told KNT that PSA needs the sanction of District Magistrate (DM) and till date, they have not received any copy from DM. “We have not booked anyone under PSA and no such order has reached to us from District Development Magistrate, Srinagar,” he said. [KNT]

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