A stone-pelter in Kashmir gets paid Rs 400 a week

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Old 31-Dec-2010
Lightbulb A stone-pelter in Kashmir gets paid Rs 400 a week

J&K police claim to have unearthed a nexus between some government employees, Hurriyat members and militants to foment violence in Sopore, an official release said. According to a stone pelter who was arrested recently, each stone pelter is paid Rs 400 every Friday.

Police said the money was being raised locally by Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani's followers. Most of the money came from fruit mandi and saw mills, the police said.

Hurriyat cadres who collected the money have been identified as Ghulam Mohammad Tantray of Behrampora, Ghulam Hassan Mir alias Chotta Geelani of Duroo, Mohammad Rustum of Amargarh, Sopore, Gani Guroo of Chankhan, Ashraf Malik, a government employee in Education department of Batpor and Bashir Ahmad Tali, a resident of Chankhan, Sopore and an employee of Food & Supplies department. Tantray and Rustum have been been detained under PSA and Malik is currently in custody. The rest are absconding.

DIG North Kashmir Range Muneer Ahmad Khan said Sopore police arrested one Firdous Ahmad Sheikh alias Firbal of Jalalabad, Sopore who revealed the nexus between militants particularly Qalimullah of HuM and Abdullah Uni of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hurriyat cadres, some government employees and stone-pelters. Subsequently, numerous arrests were made based on his revelation, he said.

One Abdul Lateef Lone of Radbough, Kupwara who worked as an Imam of Jamia Masjid Amargarh, Sopore, and as a stone-pelter, was arrested. It was Lone who revealed that protesters were being paid every week. Lone is currently detained under PSA, the release said.

According to the police, stone-pelters were also planning a fidayeen attack on security forces. A cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the house of one Mohammad Amin Dar of Badami Bagh, Sopore. The cache included a pistol, a pistol magazine, two satellite phones (Thurya), a grenade, a Tata mobile set, a AK 47 rifle, 10 AK 47 magazines, 32 AK rounds, a AK butt, a bayonet, two combat uniforms, a pistol cover, a composer, three pouches, 11 UBGL shells and a UBGL.

Old 01-Jan-2011
Re: A stone-pelter in Kashmir gets paid Rs 400 a week

400 a week is like 1600-1700 a month........that is nothing.

This means all these were uneducated, or educated unemployed youth, a clear case of state failure and agitators exploiting the same.

Old 01-Jan-2011
Re: A stone-pelter in Kashmir gets paid Rs 400 a week

^bhaji agreed with u
par att di thand pai rahi aa...400 hi sahi..sigri te jal jau..jaan te ni jau....

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