Stone pelting mastermind arrested; protests turn a business in Valley

Posted on August 10, 2010


Police on Friday arrested a person, alleged to be the kingpin of stonepelters

Stone pelting in Kashmir: a Business?

in Kashmir valley, and claimed to have found documents, which suggest this had fast turned into a lucrative ‘business’ for unemployed youths offering their ‘service’ for a price. Police had launched a massive drive against stone pelters in the valley and their investigations led to a house in Bemina colony on outskirts of the city after which they found several documents suggesting his involvement in stone- pelting business for nearly last two years, official sources said in Srinagar today.

The arrested person identified as Irshad Ahmed was interrogated by the police which recovered dozens of SIM cards, threat letters, fake press identity cards, cheque books and well maintained account registers which state the expenditure for stone pelting incidents in various parts of the valley.

The first register contained 294 names along with their photographs and mentions the details of money paid to them for their stone pelting actitivies in the last one year in downtown city, the sources said.

Police claimed to have recovered sketches of roads leading from Ganderbal to Leh, a route used by army personnel to maintain essential supplies to Ladakh division, they said.

Press Trust Of India
Srinagar, February 05, 2010

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