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Tral observes shutdown, protests detention of 11 people.

To protest the detention of eleven people who had been picked up by the police from their homes during night raids in the township of Tral, scores of young men took to streets there on Friday to oppose their confinement.

The protestors in anger threw stones at the army vehicles that were passing through the town at the time. Locals appealed to the police to release all the people who are in detention. “It is unfair to detain the family members and far-off relatives of militants. If anyone has picked up gun, how can his family and relatives be held responsible? The detained persons are students, employees and traders who should not be made to account for what their family members did and should be given freedom to live,” said a relative of a detained person.On Friday shops and business establishments remained closed in the town while traffic was off the roads. Police on Tuesday night detained 11 people during raids, a police official told Greater Kashmir. The detentions came in the wake of a string of attacks on Special Police Officers (SPOs) in the town.

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