Friday, April 29, 2011
Yasin Malik Arrested, Tension in Uptown
Srinagar, Apr 28 : Tension gripped Maisuma and its adjoining areas on Thursday after police arrested Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman, Yasin Malik, and his associate Showkat Bakshi for allegedly ransacking a police station.
As the news of the arrest spread Malik's supporters came out of their homes and clashed with police in Maisuma quarter of the city.
Police resorted to teargas shelling and cane charge resulting in the chaotic situation in the busiest part of the capital.
Soon markets closed down and people ran helter skelter and massive traffic jams added to the chaos.
The IGP Kashmir, S M Sahai, told KNS that case under section 392 was registered against Malik for attacking police.
“After receiving a complaint by Ishaq Hussain, a driver at police station Maisuma, that he was attacked by unidentified men a case FIR 23/11 under section 392/RPC was registered,” police said.
According to police Hussain, who hails from Karnah, was injured in the attack.
“Subsequent investigations and identification carried by the police led to the arrest of Aashiq Hussain Dar son of Mohammad Ramzan Dar resident of Maisuma,” police said.
“Malik along with his associates went inside police station Maisuma and intimidated and attacked the policemen besides ransacking some items of the office,” he said and alleged that Malik and his associates disturbed the peace in the area and disrupted traffic near the Budshah Chowk in city center.
Malik and Bakshi were detained in police station Kothibagh.
Earlier, Malik and his supporters tried to stage sit-in outside Maisuma police station protesting arrest of a youth, Ashiq Hussain Dar alias Ashiq Kalla. The youth was arrested yesterday after he was found allegedly involved in beating up of another person.
However, Ashiq’s uncle Showkat Ahmad Dar claimed that police was trying to malign the image of his nephew. “Ashiq was involved in several protest rallies since last year and earlier police had come to arrest him. However people of Maisuma resisted and police didn’t dare to arrest him in protest case again. But now the police wants to malign the image of my nephew and he has been booked on fabricated charges,” he claimed.
Soon after the detention of Malik, markets in Maisuma and adjoining areas shut down, reports said, adding additional police and paramilitary forces were deployed in the area to maintain law and order.
Meanwhile, a spokesman of JKLF alleged that some of protesters including Malik suffered injuries when the police used force to disperse them. (KONS)