Clashes in Pulwama, 13 arrested

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Feb 25:  A shutdown was observed in South Kashmir’s Pulwama town amid stone-throwing clashes against arrest of a shopkeeper during night hours. Security forces arrested 12 persons on stone pelting charges during which 15 persons were injured.
A police official said the arrested shopkeeper, Bilal Ahmad Mir, is a stone-pelter and was held on charges of stone-throwing in the town. A local said that since morning, all the shops and commercial establishments were closed in the Main Town of the Pulwama while traffic was also minimal.
Since morning hours, protesters came out of their houses and pelted stones on security forces in the town. The clashes continued throughout the day and security men lobbed dozens of teargas shells to disperse the rock-hurlers. The protesters were seeking release of the arrested shopkeeper.
Eight security forces personnel were among 15 persons who were injured in these clashes.
Police later detained 12 persons on charges of stone pelting during the clashes in Pulwama. They have been identified as Tasir Bashir, 16, son of Bashir  Ahmad  Mohand, Ubair Shreef, 18,  son of Shreef Ahmad  Bhat of Trishal,  Suhail  Rashid, 18,  son of Abdul  Rashid  Bhat of Muran, Asif Mushtaq, 16, son of Mushtaq  Ahmad  Ganie of Kalmpora  Shadimurg, Faizan  Zakir Mutoo, 16, son of  Zakir Hussan of Muran, Saqib Maqbool, 15, son of Mohammad Maqbool Lone of Ratinpora, Rahi Adil, 17, son of Mohammad   Yousaf  Ganie of Ratinpora, Azad  Ahmad  Dar, 40, son of Ghulam Nabi Dar  of Rehmoo, Shahir  Yaqoob, 15, son of Mohammad Yaqoob  Wagey   of Putrigam , Sajad Nazir, 18, son of Nazir Ahmad  Yatoo of Dadoora, Asif Ahmad  Sofi, 14,  son of Mehrajuddin Sofi of Wayan Pampora and  Farooq Ahmad Bhat, 23, son of Mohammad Anwar Bhat of Danger Pora Washbugh.