Srinagar: Upset over the new cycle of arrests in the Valley, the Centre's interlocutors on Kashmir said it was unfortunate and hoped this would end soon.

“There was some relief after our recommendations for release of youths but unfortunately a new cycle of arrests has started. We hope it will stop soon," academician Radha Kumar told reporters.

She said the recommendations made by the Central team were to be implemented by the Union and state governments and there had been some progress relating to removal of security bunkers and other recommendations.

Taking opinions of women in the Valley on finding a political solution to the Kashmir problem, the interlocutors said that they emphasised on the need for shifting of troops and removal of security installations from residential areas.

"Our attention was also drawn to the continuing arrest of the youths and the indiscriminate use of the Public Safety Act (PSA) against them. The laws for protection of juveniles do not exist here and the state assembly could consider legislation in this regard along with amendments to restrict the use of PSA,” added Radha Kumar.

Referring to implementation of the recommendations made by the Central team, Kumar said 20,000 of the 45,000 pending applications in the passport office had been dealt with.

She said progress was also made on easing travel and trade restrictions between Kashmir and PoK along the Line of Control.

On CPI-M MP Brinda Karat's demand for setting up an independent commission to probe last year's killings in the Valley, she said, “Timely and judicially correct action has to be taken in all cases of violence and those pertaining to violation of human rights.”

(Agencies)