A youth detained for stone pelting escaped from custody in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Monday, police said.

The youth identified as Zubair Ahmad Tantray escaped from police custody in Keegan village of Shopian, police said.

A resident of Bonbazar area of Shopian town, Tantray had been arrested for stone pelting in 2015. He was later booked under the Public Safety Act.

The Supreme Court on Friday said it will ask the government not to use pellet guns in Jammu and Kashmir if there was no violence, no stone throwing and students return to classes.