17 people including lecturer arrested in Pulwama

Clashes between youth and government forces during the gunfight in Kangan village of Pulwama
Clashes between youth and government forces during the gunfight in Kangan village of Pulwama (Photo by Reshi Irshad)

PULWAMA — After the encounter that sparked clashes in Pulwama’s Kangan village on June 03, police have so far arrested 17 youth including a lecturer.

Three militants including an IED expert Ikram alias Fauji Bhai and two local militants were killed in Kangan village of the southern district of Kashmir.

Locals said that since June 03, police in multiple raids have arrested 17 youth on the allegations of stone-pelting. They said that among the arrested persons, one is a lecturer, who according to them, was picked up in place of his brother.

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All the detained youth are the residents of Murran village of the district. Locals identified the arrested youth as Ajaz Darzi, Abdul Rashid Darzi, Mehraj Dhobi, Nazir Dhobi, Mukhtar Sheikh, Bashir Sheikh, Showkat Sheikh, Ali Muhammad Sheikh, Rizwan Sheikh, Muhammad Shafi Sheikh, Abdul Latif Sheikh, Muhammad Ismail Sheikh, Muhammad Yousuf Yatoo, Mehraj Ganaie, Khazir Ganaie, Shabir Wani, Abdul Rasheed Wani, Hilal Malyar, Muhammad Abdullah Malyar, Adil Ganaie, Bashir Ganai, Mohsin Sheikh, Muhamamd Ashraf Sheikh, Irfan Yatoo, Irfan Rather, Ajaz Sheikh, Abdul Salam Sheikh and Tawseef Sheikh.

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The lecturer has been identified as Majid Yousuf Yatoo.

A police official declined to comment on the subject, however, sources said that these people were arrested on the charges of stone-pelting.

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