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Stone pelting a lucrative business in Kashmir valley, mastermind arrested

Posted by jagoindia on February 18, 2010


Stone pelting mastermind arrested; protests turn a business

Press Trust Of India
Srinagar, February 05, 2010

Police on Friday arrested a person, alleged to be the kingpin of stone pelters 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.

Stone pelting becomes lucrative business in Kashmir valley
PTI February 5, 2010

Srinagar: Stone pelting in Kashmir valley appears to be fast turning into a lucrative ‘business’ for some unemployed youths offering this ‘service’ for a price.

Several youths are also operating ‘stone pelting’ cartels funded by separatist organisations and some political parties, sources said today, adding business worth lakhs of rupees is usually generated through this activity.

Details in this regard came out during extensive interrogation of a stone pelter arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police over a period of last three days.

Separatist groups especially those owing allegiance to Pakistan-terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashker-e-Taiba are alleged to have formed several groups comprising a minimum of dozen people, sources in the interrogation team said.

These groups are paid a hefty amount ranging between Rs5 to Rs8 lakh, they said, adding a part of this money is handed over to another group known as “initiators” who pick up stones and start pelting on police and para-military forces — sometimes on trivial issues.

The groups, which are alleged to have been receiving funds from a political party as well, have stationed their people invarious localities and other districts of the Valley, the sources said. This could be the reason for stone pelting incidents occuring in a synchronised manner throughout the valley during agitations and protests, they said.

The sources said while the exact amount of money being pumped into the stone-pelting business was yet to be estimated, it could be running into lakhs of rupees.

Adding to the woes of policemen were protestors making use of stones and buildingmaterial kept by government agencies on roads for constructionactivities, the sources said.

The Government should ensure completion of work within a time frame as otherwise these materials would come handy for the stone pelters, they said.

Stone pelting becomes lucrative business in Kashmir valley
PTI Friday, February 5, 2010

Srinagar: Stone pelting in Kashmir valley appears to be fast turning into a lucrative ‘business’ for some unemployed youths offering this ‘service’ for a price.

Several youths are also operating ‘stone pelting’ cartels funded by separatist organisations and some political parties, sources said today, adding business worth lakhs of rupees is usually generated through this activity.

Details in this regard came out during extensive interrogation of a stone pelter arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police over a period of last three days.

Separatist groups especially those owing allegiance to Pakistan-terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashker-e-Taiba are alleged to have formed several groups comprising a minimum of dozen people, sources in the interrogation team said.

These groups are paid a hefty amount ranging between Rs5 to Rs8 lakh, they said, adding a part of this money is handed over to another group known as “initiators” who pick up stones and start pelting on police and para-military forces — sometimes on trivial issues.

The groups, which are alleged to have been receiving funds from a political party as well, have stationed their people invarious localities and other districts of the Valley, the sources said. This could be the reason for stone pelting incidents occuring in a synchronised manner throughout the valley during agitations and protests, they said.

The sources said while the exact amount of money being pumped into the stone-pelting business was yet to be estimated, it could be running into lakhs of rupees.

Adding to the woes of policemen were protestors making use of stones and buildingmaterial kept by government agencies on roads for constructionactivities, the sources said.

The Government should ensure completion of work within a time frame as otherwise these materials would come handy for the stone pelters, they said.

One Response to “Stone pelting a lucrative business in Kashmir valley, mastermind arrested”

  1. Dr. O. P. Sudrania said

    I have been always wary of such violent outbursts for trivial incidents and this fast track lady Mahbooba is always ready to inflame passions within no time. As if every thing is readymade. That is why, this Inc alongwith the “Separatists” outfits who are Pakistan inclined, keep shouting against India. Sheikh Abdullah had used this technique in getting cancelled a prestigious function of Maharaja Hari Singh and then himself organised an uprising against the King and shot himself in prominence since then by rousing communal passions.

    I have modified the old English proverb,”All is fair in Love, War, Business and Politics” but another word may be added very conveniently in the modern scenario: “Terrorism”

    Dr. O. P. Sudrania

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