‘Resistance man’ held in Srinagar

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/17/2019 8:28:12 AM

SRINAGAR, Oct 16 (Agencies): Police today claimed to have arrested Hyat Ahmad Bhat, who they claim is the brain behind the unrest in Soura on the outskirts of the city immediately after the Centre withdrew the state's special status in August.
Terming it as an important development, the police said, a swift operation was launched by a team led by a deputy superintendent of police in Anchar area on the outskirts of the city to nab Bhat.
After being nabbed, he was interrogated as he is alleged to be the brain behind the violent protests in the area, which has remained out of bounds for security forces since August 5, 2019, when Article 370 and 35A, which granted special status to J&K, were abrogated by the NDA-government.
The police alleged that Bhat was "instrumental" in mobilising public in and around Jenab Sahib Soura on Srinagar-Leh National Highway.
On August 6 and 7, protests in the area were highlighted by the international media leading to stricter restrictions in and around the locality.
Formerly affiliated with Muslim League, Bhat was earlier booked twice under the stringent Public Safety Act as there were 16 cases registered against him pertaining to law and order disturbances.
The police have registered three fresh cases against him this year at Soura police station for his involvement in "subversive" activities.



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