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Arrest Spree Would Lead To Surge In Kashmir Militancy: Legislator

SRINAGAR, AUGUST 10: Peoples Democratic Party legislator from Tral area of south Kashmir, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, has warned surge in local militancy if the police didn’t stop the arrests of youth from the area.

While appealing to the Governor N N Vohra to order immediate end to “harassment” of the relatives of the militants, Shah said the move will have serious implications and it will further alienate the already “depressed youth” of south Kashmir, CNS news agency reported.

Shah’s appeal came in the wake of detention of over a dozen people, mostly relatives of militants by the police in different parts of Tral town following a string of attacks on Special Police Officers (SPOs).

“Police have made arrests from Seer, Gulshanpora, Laam, Nazneen Pora. Being a public representative, I am answerable to people but police didn’t listen to me which is unfortunate. If the trend doesn’t stop, there will be surge in militancy. It is better to have reconciliatory policy than the one based on revenge and avenge,” CNS news agency quoted Shah as having said.

As a mark of protest, Shah said, he will boycott the proceedings of upcoming August 15 celebrations.

“What is the fault of the relatives of the militants? Why are you harassing them? You have to fight against militants and you should not target the family members of these militants. Late Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was of the belief and opinion that families of militants should not be and can’t be targeted,” he said.

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