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Mob takes police officer hostage in Srinagar, demand release of youth

PTI | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jul 11, 2016, 8:56 pm IST
Updated Jul 11, 2016, 8:58 pm IST
Centre on Monday rushed additional 800 paramilitary forces to Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of continued violent protests across the Valley. (Photo: PTI)
 Centre on Monday rushed additional 800 paramilitary forces to Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of continued violent protests across the Valley. (Photo: PTI)

Srinagar: A mob in south Kashmir's Kulgam district took a police officer hostage, demanding the release of youth arrested on charges of stone pelting following the killing of the top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

An assistant sub inspector of police was abducted by the mob at Behibagh in Kulgam and has been held hostage, a police official said. He said the mob was demanding release of three youth who are in police custody on charges of stone pelting.

"Efforts are on to secure the release of the police officer," he added.

Kashmir Valley witnessed clashes between protestors and security personnel after the killing of the 22-year old militant Wani. Centre on Monday rushed additional 800 paramilitary forces to Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of continued violent protests across the Valley.

The reinforcements will be in addition to 1,200 personnel which were sent to aid the state police on Saturday. About 60 battalions (about 1,000 personnel each) are already stationed in the state as part of counter insurgency grid.

A police station in Sopore was torched by a mob today while an air force airport in Pulwama and other security installations in Kashmir have also came under attack as ongoing clashes between protesters and security personnel continue.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday review the situation in Jammu and Kashmir soon after his return from a five-nation tour of Africa.

A senior government officer said the Prime Minister will be given a detailed presentation on the prevailing situation in Kashmir Valley arising out of violent protests following the killing of Wani on Friday.

NSA Ajit Doval, who was accompanying Modi, cut short his visit and returned to Delhi on Monday and attended a security review meeting along with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The Prime Minister is expected to arrive here early on Monday and will attend the meeting within hours. The Home Minister, the Defence Minister and top officials are expected to attend the meeting.

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