Several arrested in Kashmir for putting up threatening posters:IGP
Srinagar, Nov 23:
An unspecified number of persons with suspected “terror links” have been
arrested in Kashmir for allegedly threatening local businessman by sticking
posters and impeding the restoration of normalcy in the Valley, said police
officials on Saturday.
Police have taken
note of the incidents of sticking posters to intimidate shopkeepers and a
strong action is being taken against those involved, Kashmir Inspector General
of Police S P Pani said.
Pani said police
were investigating such incidents and it has been established that in certain
cases, there was active terror support behind such incidents.
is on. In some cases, there are mischievous elements the miscreants, while in
others, there are active terror modules behind such incidents, he said.
The IGP said
several persons have been arrested from different parts of the Valley including
Several of these
modules have been busted and some of the people involved in this have been
arrested. Those arrested include four-five prominent modules in Sopore,
Awantipora and even Srinagar, Pani said.
valley had limped back to a semblance of normalcy over the past few weeks after
about three months of protest shutdown over the abrogation of Article 370, but
a spate of threatening posters cropping up overnight, warning shopkeepers and
public transport operators in the city here and elsewhere triggered fresh
shutdown from Wednesday.
Most of the
shops, fuel stations and other business establishments in the city and other
areas in the valley, meanwhile, stayed shut for the fourth day on Saturday,
largely remained off the roads in the city as well as elsewhere in the Valley,
auto-rickshaws and inter-district cabs, however, were plying, they added.
phones and all internet services continued to be suspended since August 5, when
the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution
and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories.
Most of the top
level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive
custody while mainstream leaders including two former chief ministers — Omar
Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have been either detained or placed under house
has detained former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar
Farooq Abdullah under the controversial Public Safety act, a law enacted by his
father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1978 when he
was the chief minister.