J&K: 7000 people arrested after Burhan Wani's killing

More than 1821 civilians have been arrested and more than 500 detained under preventive detention in South Kashmir districts of south Kashmir Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama.

J&K: 7000 people arrested after Burhan Wani

Jammu and Kashmir government's official figure shows that a total of 446 people have been arrested across Jammu and Kashmir in a week. Nocturnal arrests too have been conducted by the state government who is struggling to tame the protests in the valley even after the longest shut down of the state's history of more three months, reports The Indian Express.

According to the report, Jammu and Kashmir state police have arrested close to 7000 people following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. The report added that police have booked more than 450 people under the Public Safety Act (PSA). The record is the highest in the history of Kashmir.

In addition to the counts, above 1500 other people also are under arrest in various police stations without any charge, nor with even any official records, the newspaper reported quoting its sources.

More than 1821 civilians are under arrest and more than 500 are detained under prevention detention in the Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama, which are the epicenter of the protests. Police have arrested around 1700 persons and put around 35 under preventive detention in Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal, which belongs to the central Kashmir. Totally 1130 are arrested in Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipore, the north Kashmir where 178 are under detention arrest.

Srinagar tops in the number of arrest crossing thousand where 129 are under preventive detention followed by Pulwama district from South Kashmir where 700 civilians have been arrested and around 150 under preventive detention. In Baramulla, the counts are 671 and 63 respectively. Kupwara is on the bottom where 250 are arrested and around 100 are under preventive arrest. According to official records more than 250 are arrested and around 100 are under detention, says the report in The Indian Express.

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was a staunch opponent of the Public Safety Act in 2010 while they were in opposition citing "unwarranted use" of it, but who are in power now is using the same to arrest people. Government can arrest a person without any trial for a period of up to six months according to the Public Safety Act. Reports says that police sumbited the PSA documents against 560 in which 483 cases have been approved.

Omar Abdullah tweeted: “Mehbooba Mufti has arrested more than 8000 youngsters including more than 700 under dreaded PSA & wants to sell Kashmir as a peaceful place,”

“It’s ridiculous that kids haven’t seen the inside of school for 3 months & the CM wants tourists to forget the turmoil & come visiting.” he posted in twitter

Mehbooba Mufti-led government was severely criticized by the National Conference for breaking all the records of “oppression”. National Conference spokesman Junaid Azim said that “Seven thousands youth have been arrested, PSA has been slapped on more than 500 and 2300 youth have been booked in fake cases. There is no space in the jails in Kashmir,” “Mehbooba Mufti has broken the records of oppression that his father had made as Home Minister) of India”.

In the relatively calm Baramulla district, that belongs to the North Kashmir, 107 are arrested, which is the biggest number in any district followed by Pulwama where more than 100 are arrested under PSA. Ganderbal falls in the bottom of the list were where 18 people have been booked under PSA. J-K government spokesperson justified the arrests saying it has been done “because we found ourselves in an unprecedented situation”.

“There is a difference, lot of difference between 2010 and 2016. Like the local leadership apparently is not in control, the leadership has gone to 10 and 12 year old boys. Those who lead are driven by the street. In 2010, they could assert and bring it back,” he said. “What we did (in 2010) is the role of opposition. I wish National Conference does the same but they have disappeared” reports The Indian Express.