The Indian Army has arrested 44 persons, who allegedly staged protests and waved Chinese and Pakistani flags in the Kashmir valley last Friday.
As per the statement issued by the Army’s spokesperson, a joint search operation was launched by the army in old town of Baramulla district in which the people involved in “terror-related activities were apprehended”, while “incriminating material including petrol bombs and flags were seized.”
The Indian Army carried out an extensive search operation along with Jammu and Kashmir Police, Border Security Force (BSF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on October 17 in which around 700 houses were searched for 12 hours and the Chinese, Pakistani flags waved during the protest was seized.
The Army’s statement further said, “A large quantity of incriminating material such as petrol bombs, Chinese and Pakistan flags, LeT and JeM letter head pads, unauthorized mobile phones and seditious anti-national publicity material were also seized during the raids.”
The statement also claimed that a large number of suspected hideouts were busted during the prolonged search operations.
Last Friday, a group of protestor waved Chinese and Pakistani flags in the Kashmir valley.
This was the first time when a Chinese flags was seen in the valley after the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
Soon after the Friday prayers ended at the Eidgah in Baramulla old town, the protestors staged a demonstration and waved the flags of Pakistan and China with an inscribed message on one of the flags stating ‘Kashmiris are waiting for your help China.’