Kashmir – 8-yr boy among over 80 arrested in Pulwama #WTFnews

Posted: August 8, 2016 in Arrest, Conflict and Peace, Draconian Laws, Human Rights, Public Security Act, State Violence, Uncategorized

Basit’s father has not visited him in police station fearing he may also be arrested
* Youth were caught while indulging in stone pelting: Police

8-yr boy among over 80 arrested in Pulwama

Ishfaq Naseem/ Umar Mukhtar

Prichoo (Pulwama), Aug 7: An 8-year old boy is among over 80 boys arrested by police in Pulwama
triggering widespread protests here while forces have allegedly swooped on localities damaging properties and thrashing people.
After the unrest in the Valley following killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, police have launched a crackdown on youth across the Valley especially in South Kashmir.
Police have so far arrested over 80 youth including an 8-year-old boy Basit Manzoor.
Terrified father of Basit couldn’t muster the courage for last two-days to visit the Pulwama police station to meet his son fearing his arrest.
It was Basit’s mother who went to the police station and remains inconsolable after seeing her son being “tortured’’ and ruthlessly beaten up.
SSP, Pulwama, Rayees Ahmad Bhat, said they have arrested boys as they were indulging in stone pelting.
“We have arrested over 80-youth for their involvement in stone pelting,” he said and admitted that some minor boys were also arrested.
Bhat said the parents of the arrested youth can take a legal recourse to ensure release of their wards.
“The parents can move the court. However, we can’t release them as they have been caught while resorting to stone pelting,” he said.
The detention of Basit has triggered an outrage in Prichoo village, which is only few minutes’ drive from the Pulwama town and has remained in the grip of unrest ever since the death of Burhan in an encounter with forces in Kokernag on July 8.
Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, Basit’s father, told Rising Kashmir that his son was not part of any protest.
“He had been returning home after offering Friday prayers when the police men detained him and thrashed him with the gun butts and batons. We have been told that he won’t be released till August 15,” he said.
Basit is a 5th class student of Muslim Medium Education Trust (MMET) school Pulwama and, according to locals, he was not part of any protests.
Manzoor, who runs a grocery shop at Prichoo, said he was not at home when Basit was arrested. “I have not visited my son as I fear I may be arrested by the cops at the police station”.
“Police have told my wife that he won’t be released upto August 15. We have been told that if any worker of a mainstream party interferes and recommends his release then only police will act. But I do not know any of these political workers so I fear that my son will continue to face detention,” he said.
He said his son Basit was beaten mercilessly by the cops and is now not able to stand up.
“Basit has been tortured. He was picked up when no stone pelting was taking place in the area. We have also heard that many other youth have also been arrested from other places,” said Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Basit’s brother.
The detention of minor has triggered protests in the area and people alleged that after the protests, force personnel swooped on the village and damaged both private and public property.
“Police and CRPF men come every night and barge into the houses. They have vandalized both the public and private property. They even abuse and harass women folk,” said a local resident.
Another local resident, Aaqib Ahmad, said marble sheets worth lakhs of rupees have been damaged by the police and CRPF men in the village. “What has been left is only the broken pieces of marble. The security personnel come every night and damage the property. They even damaged the electricity transformer”.
With shops remaining shut, broken pieces of bricks lay scattered on the roads here making the pedestrian and vehicular movement difficult.
In the Pulwama chowk, police and CRPF men man the deserted roads.
The locals said scores of youth have been arrested by the police.
The day begins with the sermons being played out from the mosques asking people to rise up against the “oppression’’.http://www.risingkashmir.com/news/8-yr-boy-among-over-80-arrested-in-pulwama

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