Over 320 Arrested For Rioting In Jammu And Kashmir

9 July 2009

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir police has arrested over 320 people in the valley for allegedly indulging in rioting, including seven people charged under the Public Safety Act. The state police had chalked out a list of anti-social elements, who had been disturbing peace in various districts of the valley, before carrying out raids on Wednesday night that lasted till early this morning. According to sources, people have been picked up from Kulgam, Anantnag and Baramulla districts of the state and have been slapped with minor charges of disturbing peace to serious offences like section 307 (attempt of murder). The Kashmir Valley was rocked by prolonged violent protests for over eight days after bodies of two women were recovered from a stream on May 30. Local residents at Shopian had alleged that two women were abducted, raped and killed by personnel of security forces. To contain the violence in the valley, the authorities had placed most of the separatist leaders under house arrest, including hard line leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.