Srinagar: The arrest of Hizb militantâ€™s sister sparked off massive anti-police demonstrations in Tral area of Pulwama district on Friday.
Reports said a police team carried out a raid at the Pinglish residence of Hizbul-Mujahideen militant Sajad Ahmad Dar alias Amir, son of Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Dar in South Kashmirâ€™s Pulwama district last morning. The police arrested Sajadâ€™s young sister, Suraya and lodged at the police station. She was later booked under section 21 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
When the news of Surayaâ€™s arrest spread in the village, hundreds of men, women and children took to streets and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations. Chanting slogans, the protesters were demanding immediate release of the detained teenager.
â€œA police team led by Station House Officer (SHO) raided Surayaâ€™s house and detained her. They (cops) assured the family to release her after questioning,â€ Mohammad Ashraf Dar, a neighbor said.
â€œWe thought police will release the woman as they had assured. However, when they refused to do so, we protested,â€ he added.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Tral, Tahir Saleem said that the woman has been detained under section 21 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
â€œA case Fir No 5/2010 has been registered against her. Further investigations are going on,â€ he added.