Police Widens Crackdown12 July 2010
Srinagar: Police has widened its crackdown on stone pelters by targeting motor cycles. At least 100 motor cycles have been seized as police suspects their mobility enables “miscreants” to visit places and enforce strikes. “We have restricted free movement of bikes,” a senior police officer told Rising Kashmir. He said the bikes add to mobility of miscreants and they reach ‘hot spots’ with rapidity. “The miscreants enforce strike by forcing shopkeepers to close their business establishments and threaten people not to come out of their homes”. Police has so far seized 100 bikes at various places of the city. After seizure of the bikes, police register names of bike owners, bike numbers and their addresses. Police has deputed groups of cops at major intersections and roads of the city to seize the bikes. “I was coming from hospital and stopped by police near Rambagh. The cops spoke rudely and asked me to alight from the bike. They checked my vehicle papers, helmet and license,” a motor cyclist hailing from Batmaloo told Rising Kashmir. He said despite showing all necessary documents, policemen seized his bike and took him to police station. Another motorcycle rider said his bike was seized by police on the pretext that he was not wearing helmet. “The cops, who used abusive language, registered my name, Chasis number of the bike and my address,” said the motor cyclist. IGP Kashmir, Farooq Ahmad denied that any restrictions have been imposed on the movement of bikes. “We are just checking their papers. We want to know whether bikes are run by real or fake owners,” he said. Ahmad said police is carrying out the frisking to ensure safety and security of people. Police is also monitoring social networking sites like Facebook and have incriminated some people accusing them of instigating violence.