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Night raids make life of Occupied Kashmir people a hell

SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, continued nocturnal raids by Indian forces have made the life of residents of the Kashmir Valley a hell, forcing people to remain awake during nights to foil arrest bids.

The raids, conducted jointly by Indian army, police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, have forced hundreds of youth to go into hiding, though hundreds have already been arrested on charges of stone-pelting and participating in street protests.

“We remain awake during nights. Once the forces arrive, we raise an alarm and ask people to come out and protest,” Suhail Ahmad, a resident of Noorabad area in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, said. He said that about 40 youth of Noorabad and its adjoining areas had so far been arrested by the police in random raids, Kashmir Media Service (KMS) reported.

Residents of Bogam and some other areas of Kulgam said they had been fighting the nocturnal raids for the past two months. “During protests at night, scores of people have been injured,” they said. The locals said that the forces’ personnel disconnected electricity in their localities during night to carry out the raids. “Even a transformer was damaged by forces during a nocturnal raid in the area,” they added.

In Srinagar district, night protests have been staged at several places to foil forces’ raids. In Padshahibagh, massive protests erupted three days ago after police raided the area at around 12.30 am. “As soon as cops arrived, people made announcement on loudspeakers and held protests, forcing them to retreat,” locals said.

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