Kashmir witnesses biggest crackdown in two decades, more than 446 arrested in a week

The official figures show that in the four districts of south Kashmir – Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama – the epicenter of current protests, more than 1821 civilians have been arrested and more than 500 detained under preventive detention.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: October 21, 2016 6:27 pm
paramilitary, paramilitary india, paramilitary forces india, paramilitary shaheed, paramilitary jammu, paramilitary kashmir, paramilitary northeast, india news Paramilitary personnel deployed in Jammu and Kashmir to contain the situation (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

According to official figures of the state government, a total of 446 people have been arrested across Jammu and Kashmir in a week. Even as the state government struggles to contain the protests in the Valley even after 90 days of lock down, the longest in Kashmir’s history, it has launched the biggest crackdown in more than two decades, conducting nocturnal raids across Kashmir.

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Since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, J-K police have arrested close to 7000 people in the valley while more than 450 people have been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA), the highest number-ever in the Valley.

J-K police sources say that in addition to these figures, 1500 others are under detention in different police stations across Kashmir without any charges and their detention doesn’t reflect in the official records.

The official figures show that in the four districts of south Kashmir – Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama – the epicenter of current protests, more than 1821 civilians have been arrested and more than 500 detained under preventive detention. In central Kashmir – Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts – police have arrested close to 1700 persons and put more than 350 people under preventive detention. The number of arrests and preventive detentions in north Kashmir’s three districts – Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipore – is 1130 and 178 respectively.

The highest number of arrests have been made in Srinagar where more than a thousand people have been arrested and 129 put under preventive detention. This is followed by south Kashmir’s Pulwama district where more than 700 civilians have been arrested and close to 150 put under preventive detention. In Baramulla, the number of arrests and detentions is 671 and 63 respectively. The lowest number of arrests have been made in Kupwara district, the most volatile district in north Kashmir during the past three months. The official records show that more than 250 civilians were arrested and close to 100 detained in the district.

While in opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2010 raked up “unwarranted use” of Public Safety Act by the Omar Abdullah government as a major issue both in and outside the assembly, the party – now in power – has booked more than 450 people under the Public Safety Act in less than three months.

The figures reveal that police have submitted PSA dossiers against 560 people and have received approval for 483 cases. The Public Safety Act allows government to detain a person without trial for a period up to six months.

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

The National Conference has accused Mehbooba Mufti-led government of breaking all the records of “oppression”. “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,” National Conference spokesman Junaid Azim said. “Mehbooba Mufti has broken the records of oppression that his father had made as Home Minister) of India”.

In north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, which was relatively calm this time, police have booked 107 people under the Act, the highest number in any district. This is followed by Pulwama where PSA has been slapped on more than 100 civilians. The lowest number of PSAs have been slapped in Ganderbal district where 18 people have been booked under it.

While the Deputy Commissioners of Baramulla, Kupwara, Anantnag, Budgam and Ganderbal have issued PSA warrants in all the cases, the deputy commissioner Pulwama has returned 18 dossiers to police.

J-K government spokesman and Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar 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”.

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    Ikok
    Oct 8, 2016 at 7:12 pm
    And your ancesestors were baboons. . they f uck iner changely so jaiz na jaiz ka sawal he nahin
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      Ikok
      Oct 8, 2016 at 7:17 pm
      Baniya nilla na
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        Ikok
        Oct 8, 2016 at 3:28 pm
        India should rename kashmir as quick sand .. the more it struggle to get out by force the deeper it slips into it.. Brute force in quick sand kills very fast the only option to get out of it is help from outside.. UN plebiscite .. be safe and keep safe
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          Ikok
          Oct 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm
          Nor sikhs tamils and many more happy under hindu tava
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            Ash
            Oct 9, 2016 at 1:04 am
            If Kashmiri Muslims wants to join stan then what about Kashmiri Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs? lt;br/gt;Oh.....they were already been killed or driven away with intimidation.
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              Khalid
              Oct 8, 2016 at 11:39 am
              ....and indian/brahmin stateterror continues...
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                Pradeep
                Oct 8, 2016 at 11:45 am
                Brahmin cowardice!
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                  Bali
                  Oct 8, 2016 at 11:00 pm
                  All those who call the freedom fighters as kids are the kids.
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                    Bali
                    Oct 8, 2016 at 10:59 pm
                    Cowardice by India.
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                      IML sood
                      Oct 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm
                      After some cooling 'Pagal' again spotted in these column, beware of this Aaptard having leanings as such persons are danger to the country safety.
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                        IML sood
                        Oct 8, 2016 at 3:18 pm
                        Not a great problem if people from other states are allowed to settle in JandK all these anti national with their sympathisers will be contained in no time and they will forget the love of stan in no time.Rough elements are always to be dealt with the language what they could understand.
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                          Ordinary Indian
                          Oct 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm
                          Are you a butcher believer or want to be useful to yourself and the society and country you live in?
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                            Ordinary Indian
                            Oct 8, 2016 at 3:06 pm
                            If you were a true Kashmiri you would like my predictions. It has all the good for its freedom and prosperity... if you gota pinch it means you are a Punjabi. The exact enuch i just described.... and thanks for proving my point.
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                              Ordinary Indian
                              Oct 8, 2016 at 2:47 pm
                              Prateik.... lt;br/gt;😂😂😂 Amen. Aisa hi hoga. Pak will be divided into 5 parts: lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1.Baluchistan, where my innocent friends are killed and torture by isi everyday for years. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;2. Sindh, which is ignored and ISI has cleansed hindus to 2% from 25% potion. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;3. Kashmir (PoK) where only thing ISI and Pak Army (read Punjabis) have done is built terrorist training camps and Kasmiri torture camps. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;4. Gilgit. lt;br/gt;5. Islamabad-Peshawar which I call Hijadistan where all these enuchs buzdil live who attack innocents. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;After their independence from Pak, PoK Gilgit and Baluch will prosper. They have very smart and capable people. They are capable of another set of Hyderabad/ Banglore type IT hubs. May god give them the energy to fight these enuchs and win for freedom. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modi will empower them!!! Trust the man!
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                                Ordinary Indian
                                Oct 8, 2016 at 2:34 pm
                                Sunni punjabis are indeed responsible. They support this barbarism even if they are sitting in a develop world in white collars. Sunni muslim atude is very clear when you see their purest form viz ISIS/ISIL. As Sunnis and muslims try to follow more and more of their religion... they end up in the ISIS bucket. That's how dangerous is that religion and its scripture ... a terror manual. God save us from these Hijras. Who kill unaware innocent people. Cant imagine how a normal human could have run a truck over innocent children?? He was indeed trying to follow that script in full and ended up in that truck!
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                                  Ordinary Indian
                                  Oct 8, 2016 at 7:58 pm
                                  What camp are YOU in? You're next!
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                                    Ordinary Indian
                                    Oct 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm
                                    Yes. But before that we will target the camp you are rat-d in getting the terrorist training... are you in Gilgit camp?
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                                      Ordinary Indian
                                      Oct 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm
                                      Yes. But before that we will target the camp you are rat-d in getting the terrorist training... are you in Gilgit camp?
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                                        Ordinary Indian
                                        Oct 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm
                                        😂😂😂 Amen. Aisa hi hoga. Pak will be divided into 5 parts: 1.Baluchistan, where my innocent friends are killed and torture by isi everyday for years. 2. Sindh, which is ignored and ISI has cleansed hindus to 2% from 25% potion. 3. Kashmir (PoK) where only thing ISI and Pak Army (read Punjabis) have done is built terrorist training camps and Kasmiri torture camps. 4. Gilgit. 5. Islamabad-Peshawar which I call Hijadistan where all these enuchs buzdil live who attack innocents. After their independence from Pak, PoK Gilgit and Baluch will prosper. They have very smart and capable people. They are capable of another set of Hyderabad/ Banglore type IT hubs. May god give them the energy to fight these enuchs and win for freedom. Modi will empower them!!! Trust the man!
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                                          Pak Army
                                          Oct 8, 2016 at 11:14 am
                                          Kashmir is integral part of shining India.
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                                            KAYYES23@GMAIL.COM undefined
                                            Oct 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm
                                            Well said
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