People cal it ‘collective punishment’
SRINAGAR: People from a few areas of south Kashmir have said that paramilitary CRPF troopers are punishing the populace by damaging electric transformers, depriving them of electricity.
In Pinjura village of Shopian, which witnessed massive protests and clashes on Sunday after the forces tried to foil a pro-freedom rally, injuring more than 300 people, government forces have rendered defunct four transformers, local residents said.
“After the forces failed to stop us from holding a rally despite the use of force they (CRPF) damaged at least four transformers in the village. We are in complete darkness since Sunday,” a local told Kashmir Reader over phone.
“All the transformers leaked oil after being hit by bullets,” he said.
Three days ago in Meemandar area of the district, the native village of MLA Shopian, six transformers suffered extensive damage after being hit by bullets.
Transformers have also been damaged in Fatehpora area of Anantnag a few days ago.
“New ways of collective punishment devised by Indian forces in Kashmir. At least in two villages of Shopian , Pinjura and Meemandar, the frustrated forces in last 24 hours damaged electric power transformers and threw the villages into darkness. P.S. Cheers to the development plank of PDP (sic),” wrote a Facebook user, Habeel, on his page.
A top official of the PDD posted in Shopian, who requested anonymity, said most of the transformers damaged in twin villages, Pinjura and Meemandar, have been hit by bullets.
“We have taken the damaged transformers for welding and other repairs and will be installed in a day or two. But some of them are too damaged to be repaired,” the official said.
He said they have written a letter to both DC Shopian and the chief engineer concerned, informing them about the damage caused to the government property during the protests.