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Two non-Kashmiris held for stone-pelting in J&K

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published on:July 23, 2013 3:04 am

For the first time in two decades,the Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested two non-Kashmiris for pelting stones during protests in the Valley. The men have been arrested from south Kashmir.

“We have apprehended two men from Anantnag for stone pelting,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of South Kashmir,Vijay Kumar,told The Indian Express.

The police used video clips to identify the two men as Mohammad Afzal,a resident of Uttar Pradesh and Mohammad Ibrahim Sheikh,a resident of West Bengal.

The Valley has been under curfew for the past three days as violent protests took place in several parts of Anantnag and adjacent villages over the alleged desecration of the Quran and the killing of civilians in Gool.

Although a number of non-Kashmiri’s reside in Kashmir during the summer months,this is the first time in two decades the police have arrested any citizen of another state for stone pelting during protests.

Police sources say non-Kashmiris usually stay away from protests,but the two might have gotten involved due to the alleged desecration of the Quran.

They also said that more that one lakh non-Kashmiris — mostly skilled and unskilled labourers — reside in the Valley.

The police have in the past made it mandatory for non-Kashmiri’s to register themselves at the local police station as they fear militants may enter the Valley under the guise of non-Kashmiri labourers.

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