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Indian police detain nephew of Mujahid commander in Srinagar

Srinagar, March 24, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police raided a coaching centre at Hawal in Srinagar and arrested 17-year-old Dawood Siraj, the youngest nephew of mujahid commander, Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar.

Eyewitnesses said that at around 9:45 am, a police party raided a coaching centre at Hawal and arrested Dawood Siraj, an 11th standard student of Nowhatta.

“I teach Commerce at Hawal. At around 9:45 am as I finished my class, one of my students Dawood was arrested from the centre. The raid was horrific,” Prof Mirza Nazir Ahmad, who teaches at the coaching centre, told media men.

Dawood’s family said that the police was harassing them day in and day out. “Dawood goes for tuition to Hawal. He wants to study. But every now and then we have to undergo the brutality of police,” said his uncle, Zahoor Ahmad.

On the other hand, the Indian police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have intensified frisking and checking of people and their vehicles in Srinagar in the name of so-called security. The personnel of police and CRPF are carrying out thorough checking of vehicles, particularly two-wheelers, and frisking of pedestrians. They could be seen stopping vehicles at makeshift check-posts for carrying out the searches.

Searches were conducted at Iqbal Crossing, Hazuri Bagh, Lal Ded Hospital, Solina, Lal Mandi, Jawahar Nagar, Wazir Bagh, Gogji Bagh, Haft Chinar, Saraibala, TRC Crossing, Jehangir Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Ikhwan Chowk, Budshah Bridge, MA Road and numerous other places in the city. Bike riders and auto-rickshaws were particular targets and passengers were asked for their identity cards.

Additional deployments of troops and police have been made at several places. Armoured vehicles of police and CRPF could be seen at many road junctions. The traffic entering into Srinagar from other districts is thoroughly checked at Parimpora, Bemina, Soura and Pantha chowk.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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