By Shafat Mir
Anantnag: Hours after three soldiers were killed in an ambush by Hizb militants in Shopian district, army apprehended three boys at Sangam Chowk in Anantnag district this afternoon.
The identity of these youth could not be ascertained as the passersby were not allowed to go near them.
Aijaz Ahmed, an eyewitness, said, “Armoured vehicles of army signalled a grey colour Maruti car in which these youths were travelling in to stop. The soldiers jumped down from their vehicles and pointed their guns at the youths. Three boys were pulled out from the vehicle and taken aside by three different groups of army men and beat them up badly.”
“At the same time other soldiers tore up seat covers and removed all tyres of this car. It seemed the soldiers were looking for something. Some people tried to intervene but the soldiers asked them to stay away or get shot,” he said.
The soldiers then bundled the trio into one of their vehicles.
Although Sangam police post is about 100 metres away from the spot where the boys were beaten up, no policeman was present at the time.
Mohamad Rafi, a local, said, “How can soldiers beat someone so ruthlessly in full public view. They have killed many Kashmiris in fake encounters in the past. God knows what will be the fate of these boys.”
Defence PRO Rajesh Kalia said he would ascertain the facts.