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First Arrest In Handwara Molestation Case

Hilal Ahmed Bandey, one of the two accused named by the Handwara girl who was allegedly molested by them, was arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police last night. Bandey was among the two persons named by the girl in her statement before the Chief Judicial Magistrate.

He is accused of manhandling the girl on April 12, while she was stepping out of a public restroom in Handwara town. The girl had denied the allegation by local people that an Army man had tried to molest her. Immediately, after the locals dragged the girl from the public restroom, the angry mob started pelting stones and ransacked the Army bunker in Handwara.

Since then, the locals have been demanding withdrawal of the bunker for quite some time. Kashmir has been witnessing huge protests since past few days, after rumours of the girl having molested by an Army jawan spread across the Valley.

Meanwhile, curfew-like restrictions continued in Handwara and its adjoining areas and mobile internet services also remain snapped across the valley. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has appealed to the people to help restore peace and promised severe punishment to those involved in the violence in Handwara and Kupwara that left five people dead.

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