Hundreds Of Two-wheelers Seized By Police30 August 2011
Srinagar: After crackdown on youth and internet, police have launched a drive against bikers by seizing hundreds of two-wheelers fearing protests in Srinagar ahead of Eid. The police said the bikes were seized due to security threat posed by them. “The drive has been going on for past two days,” a police officer said. “The idea is simple. The youth come on bikes and assemble at one place. After gathering, they plan and throw stones on police stations or forces, and then immediately leave the place on bikes. The people automatically join them and the situation worsens.” The official said the “bike threat” was felt after hundreds of youth pelted stones on Nowhatta police station on the night of August 27. About 73 youths were arrested and 10 motorbikes seized in connection with the attack. “Most of the instigators among them had come on bikes,” the official said. “After engaging people, they fled the spot on bikes.” The officer said they fear that the incident might be repeated on Eid. “That is why we have started drive against them. The bikes would be released after the Eid congregational prayers are over,” an officer said. Officials said that the bike seizure drive has been undertaken by police and Central Reserve Police Force in all police stations areas in the city. After seizing the bikes, the police put them in police stations and their owners were witnessed pleading police to release them. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Srinagar, Aashiq Bukhari told PTI that police was “only seizing those motorcycles which do not have documents.' He, however, didn’t how many bikes were seized by the police. A biker, Feroz Ahmad, said he was moving through Maisuma when police intercepted his bike and drove it to police post. “They just asked me to disembark and took away the bike. My two-and-half-year old son was also with me,” Ahmad said.