India arrests four in Sopore

Thursday – June 25, 2020
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), Indian troops during nocturnal raids arrested four youth in Sopore town, Wednesday, while they continued cordon and search operations (CASOs) in several districts of the occupied territory.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the troops arrested the youth from different areas of the town.

Indian troops continued their massive CASOs in several areas of Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwarea, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama and Islamabad districts.

The director general of police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh told media men that around a dozen operations are conducted every day in the IOK Valley.

Meanwhile, a 23-year-old boy was found dead in a mysterious condition in Kralpora Tangmarg area of Baramulla district.

Separately, the family members of missing PhD scholar, Basit Hilal, once again staged a protest in Srinagar to seek his whereabouts.

The protesters including women and children were carrying placards which read that Basit Hilal was subjected to enforced disappearance by Indian occupational forces.

Basit who had gone along with his friends in Naranag area of Ganderbal, last week, for trekking went missing. His relatives believe that he was either picked up by Indian troops and Indian Army-backed men.

The protesters refuted the police claim that Basit Hilal had joined armed struggle.

“Even if has joined armed struggle, police should cooperate with us and help us in tracing him,” one of Basit’s relatives told media men during the protest.

The relatives said that on one hand, police say they are looking for Basit Hilal, and on the other, the same police claim that he has joined the armed struggle, making the disappearance of Basit suspicious.

Meanwhile, an Indian central reserve police force (CRPF) officer, allegedly died due to brain haemorrhage in a hospital in Srinagar.

The assistant sub inspector (ASI) GD Sanatan Singh of CRPF 163 battalion fell unconscious two days ago at his camp in Walnut Factory Qazigund in Kulgam district, a police official said.

He said Singh, who hails from West Bengal in India started bleeding from his nose and mouth following which he was rushed to a nearby hospital where from he was referred to institute of medical sciences Soura (IMSS) in Srinagar, adding that on late night, the CRPF man died.