SINAGAR, At least 40 people were arrested in overnight raids in Srinagar city after increase in stone pelting incidents in last few days with normal life remaining disrupted for 16th consecutive day today.
The arrests have been made in the areas where there has been intensifying stone pelting in the last few days. Security forces have been regularly targeted in some parts of Srinagar, particularly when they withdraw during the evening.
At least 12 persons were detained from Mehjoor Nagar area of South Srinagar which had seen violent clashes for last few days. The parents of these persons had lined up outside Rajbagh Police Station and they were seeking release of their wards.
There have been over 2000 arrests and detentions in the entire Kashmir valley since Aug 4, a day before withdrawal of special status for Jammu and Kashmir. The subsidiary jails have been formed at district level where these detainees have been kept. It may be mentioned here that Director General of Police Dilbag Singh had put the figures of those arrested or detained at 300.
The restrictions were removed from parts of Srinagar but in old city areas, the troops had barricaded the roads and were allowing movements of the people who were having curfew passes or were Government employees.
The shops were closed across Srinagar and public traffic was off the roads. However, some private cars and two wheelers were plying in civil lines areas and SRTC buses ferried the Government employees to and fro Civil Secretarait.
People mostly stayed indoors and children in certain areas in by-lanes were seen playing cricket and at places carom. There was uneasy calm in the entire Srinagar. The stone pelting incidents were lesser today than last few days.
The attendance in Srinagar schools was almost negligible.