Srinagar, May 15: At least 21 people were arrested for participating in the pro-Palestine protests in Kashmir on Saturday even as police said that it was keeping a close watch on elements who are attempting to leverage the “unfortunate situation in Palestine” to disturb peace and order in Kashmir.”
A police official said that of the 21 arrests, 20 youth were arrested from Srinagar district alone while one was picked up from Shopian district. Asked whether any one was booked under PSA, he said that arrests are being examined case-wise, and it takes time to decide who needs to be booked under PSA.
Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that J&K Police is keeping a very close watch on elements who are attempting to leverage the unfortunate situation in Palestine to disturb public peace and order in the Kashmir valley. “We are a professional force and are sensitive to public anguish. But J&K police have a legal responsibility to ensure law and order as well,” the IGP said.
The IGP Kashmir, however, wouldn’t allow cynical encashment of the public anger to trigger violence, lawlessness and disorder on Kashmir streets. “Expressing opinion is a freedom but engineering and inciting violence on streets is unlawful. All irresponsible social media comments that results in actual violence and breaking of law including Covid protocol will attract legal action. I urge people to cooperate,” the IGP said.
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