1,100 youth arrested by police before sham polls in IOK: VoV

Srinagar, December 28, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Voice of Victims, a local human rights watchdog, has said that Indian police arrested more than 1,100 youth including a large number of teenagers, to ensure smooth conduct of sham assembly elections in the territory. The Voice of Victims in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that during elections, many parts of the valley witnessed severe protests in favour of election boycott, which prompted Indian police to take preemptive steps.

The police arrested young people from all sensitive parts of the valley including Srinagar, Baramulla, Sopore, Palhallan, Budgam and South Kashmir. The Executive Director of the Voice of Victims, Abdul Qadeer Dar said that all those arrested youth are still in custody. “Most of these young boys were arrested during night raids in the inner parts of Srinagar city and Baramulla old town. Some were also arrested from other sensitive parts of the valley including Palhallan.”

The officials admitted that they arrested over 600 youth, the statement said. However, according to the VoV statement, the number is more than 1,100. Abdul Qadeer Dar urged that the youth, including a large number of students, be released soon so that their studies do not suffer.

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