1400 Arrested In Sgr: DIG10 March 2011
Srinagar: Stressing that only 1400 protesters were arrested in Srinagar since summer unrest of 2010 till March 2011, the police said there were 50 militants who were active in the areas of Central Kashmir including the city outskirts. “Beginning summer agitation I June 2010 till March 2011 we have detained 1400 persons in Srinagar,” Deputy Inspector General of Police Central Kashmir Range, Abdul Gani Mir, told mediapersons at a press meet here. “We have released almost all the accused on bail. Currently there are only 82 persons in police custody”, DIG said. Mir said there are people with some “vested interests” who created hype about the arrests. “In the population of 14 lakh people in Srinagar, 1400 arrest is not such a huge number,” he said. “We should know that during summer agitation, there were deaths, injuries and large-scale destruction of public property by the mobs. The number of accused is not that large as is being projected,” he said. During the past one month, the separatists and the mainstream opposition have condemned the arrest of youth and booking some of them under PSA. Meanwhile in the aftermath of recent blowing up of a railway track in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, police said there are an estimated 50 militants active in the three central districts of the state including Srinagar. 'There are 50 militants active in my area,” Mir said who was flanked by SSP Srinagar Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari. He said there were also some foreign militants present among them. Mir said the number of militants in the central Kashmir area is of “floating' nature as militants continuously change their location which sometimes leads to an abrupt increase followed by an abrupt decrease in their number in a particular area. When asked how the militants reappeared in central Kashmir, which was once considered to be a militant free-zone, Mir said militancy was never over. 'I do not know who declared it a militancy free zone, but yes militancy had decreased. There have been a few incidents recently but it is also a truth that militancy is here,' he said. Mir said police will take all necessary measures to stop militants from regaining any foothold in central Kashmir.