4 arrested for torching shops in Baramulla: Police
Srinagar, Dec 3: Police
Tuesday claimed to have arrested four local youth, who were allegedly involved
in torching three shops in Baramulla town last week.
On November 24, at least three shops were set ablaze in
Baramulla town, which created panic among the shopkeepers.
Addressing a press conference, Senior Superintendent of
Police (SSP), Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom said they apprehended four youth after
investigating the case for the last eight days.
“On 24 November three shops were set ablaze by miscreants at
three different places in Baramulla market. A three-storied shopping complex
LibasGharwas completely damaged in the fire. A case under FIR No. 181/2019 was
registered under section 436 and 506 of Indian Penal Code at Police Station
Baramulla and investigation taken up,” he said.
The apprehended youth were identified as Mohammad Maroof
Saliah, Bilal Mehraj Bhat, Sameer Ahmad Shakroo and AadilGaffar Sofi, all
hailing from Baramulla.
“A team headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police Baramulla
investigated the case. During the course
of investigation, CCTV footage available at different points was scanned and
it was observed that three of the four persons were moving
suspiciously. We arrested all the four
accused on Monday night. All of them confessed to the crime,” he said.
Elaborating, Qayoom said one of the accused Sameer Ahmad
Shakroo planned the blueprint for torching shops.“At 4:30pm Maroof, Adil and
Bilal executed the plan to set these shops ablaze. Sameer bought petrol from
Azadgunj petrol pump for Rs 400. Bilal,
who is also running a shop in Kanlibagh, paid Rs 150 for buying fuel. They
decided to set shops ablaze before 8pm when electricity goes off in the area,”
SSP Baramulla said the main motive behind the act was to
create a “fear” among the shopkeepers. “Shops in Baramulla were functioning
normally and the accused wanted to instil a fear among shopkeepers so that they
close their shops,” he said.
Qayoom said they have recovered incriminating material and
logistics used in the commission of crime. “Involvement of other
criminals cannot be ruled out. Further investigation is going on,” he
Asked whether the act was committed at the behest of
militants, he said they cannot say anything as of now. “The investigation in
its initial stage and we are ascertaining all the facts,” he said.
miscreants arrested in Srinagar’
Srinagar, Dec 3: Police
in Srinagar Tuesday said that it arrested five “miscreants involved in lobbing
petrol bombs and threatening locals, shopkeepers.”
A spokesperson said a group of five miscreants involved in
hurling petrol bombs (Molotov Cocktails) and threatening of shopkeepers and
locals in the interiors of Srinagar.
“As per the police records, this group was involved in
hurling petrol bombs on vehicles of police and security forces in the areas of
Sarafkadal, Bohrikadal, Rajourikadal, Khanyar and Nowhatta. They were also
involved in intimidating and threatening of shopkeepers and other businessmen
based in the old city,” the spokesperson said.
“Officers while carrying out the investigation learnt that
the miscreants were forcing minors to track the movement of Police and Security
forces’ vehicles in the area,” the spokesperson added.
A case under relevant sections of law has already been
registered and further investigation in the matter is in progress, he added.