Youths pressurised in Kashmir to work as stone pelters, investigation ordered
Two youths who where lured to Jammu and Kashmir on the pretext of job said that they were forced to pelt stones at the armed forces.
On Tuesday, Naseem and Ankit Kumar approached the police in Baghpat district.
Both the youths told the cops that they went to Kashmir's Pulwama district to work as tailors in an industry and were promised a salary of Rs 20,000 per month.
According to Naseem, "Whenever security forces used to engage in an encounter with militants, the latter would seek shelter in houses of locals. In order to stall the operations of security forces the locals used to pelt stones at them."
We were also told to pelt stones during that time by locals working in our factory and used to get threats if we didn't, said Naseem to police officials.
"We were petrified and wanted to come back. We paid Rs 10,000 to a local to sneak us out from there," said Ankit who also went to Kashmir for employment along with Naseem.
Both the youths have alleged that they are still getting threat calls from Kashmir and have sought help of the police.
Additional Director General of the Meerut Zone Prashant Kumar has said that "An enquiry has been set up into the matter. We are going to investigate the matter and the top officials of the district has recorded statement of both the people who have returned from Kashmir."