2,729 youngsters arrested in IHK in 2017 for freedom struggle

SRINAGAR, Jan 5 (INP) At least 2,729 youngsters were arrested and 129 were booked in 2017 under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978, on charges of stone pelting and for participating in street protests for freedom, Greater Kashmir reported on Friday citing police data.

The daily reported that the unrest in the Valley in 2016 continued for the first five months of 2017. Thereafter, the situation was brought under control. Most of the 879 incidents where law was violated in 2017 occurred in southern districts of Kashmir like Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian.

The state government in reply to a Right to Information query said on Wednesday that there were no rules or standard operating procedures for issuing preventive detention orders under the Act, IANS reported. “However, every case is examined on its merit by the deputy commissioner concerned in the light of the dossier submitted by the SSP/SP and in accordance with the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978,” the home department said.

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